Strategies and plans
The DAAT are responsible for introducing the national drug strategy at a local level. One of the ways it carries out its' responsibilities is to commission specialist substance misuse treatment services in conjunction with Primary Care Trusts (PCT's), Local Authorities and other partnerships.
Public Health England: Drugs and alcohol promotes a balanced and ambitious treatment system and will support local commissioners by providing high quality information and intelligence about drugs and alcohol, expertise, bespoke support, and by benchmarking performance and sharing best
Drug strategy 2010 - annual review May 2012 provides an update on progress in meeting the commitments to reduce demand, restrict supply and build recovery in communities
Young People's Substance Misuse Strategy
Reducing substance use is a key target in the Every Child Matters outcomes framework and highlights that more emphasis should be placed on early intervention with those most at risk.
Higher levels of alcohol and substance use are associated with a range of high risk behaviour including unprotected sex and offending. As part of an overall strategy for meeting children and young people's needs, Drug and Alcohol Action Teams and Children's Services can work together to improve outcomes for young people, their families and the community.
Joint planning between Hampshire DAAT and Children's Services enables substance misuse treatment provision to be made by identifying:
- key findings of current needs assessments
- improvements to be made
- key priorities for developing interventions
- funding to support delivery
The profile of Alcohol Misuse has been developed at both a national and a local level within the past few years. The updated National Alcohol Strategy, Safe, Sensible and Social, was published in June 2007 and the national Know Your Limits campaign continues to develop.
Local drug and alcohol treatment services are now contained within the new HOMER framework as from April 2011.