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.
The National Treatment Agency (NTA) provides key guidance on commissioning and treatment under:
- Models of Care for Treatment of Adult Drug Users (soon to be replaced by ‘Building Recovery in Communities’ guidance)
- Commissioning for Recovery
The new National Drug Strategy 2010 provides a focus on reducing demand, restricting supply and building recovery in the communities and supporting people to live a drug free life.
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.
See the Hampshire Alcohol Strategy 2011-15 1mb