More money for drug and alcohol services

The government has announced £54.3 million in capital funding to improve in-patient and residential drug and alcohol facilities and access to those services.

The money was allocated to Strategic Heath Authorities for Tier 4 Drug and Alcohol Services based on the outcome of a bidding process.

The money will be used to increase capacity and improve outcomes for patients.

The government said that the investment would provide more places for patients, improvement to buildings and improved access to services for all client groups.

The successful bids include provision for women only facilities and for women with children, as well as families with children, individuals with disabilities, offenders and those at risk of offending and individuals from black and minority ethnic communities.

Announcing the allocations, Public Health Minister Caroline Flint said: "The government is committed to increasing the availability of in-patient treatment and residential rehabilitation for substance misusers. This money will provide additional beds and improvements to service quality for some substance misusers with some of the highest levels of need. Better services will bring about better outcomes.

"Today's announcement is a clear sign that drug treatment remains a key priority for government funding. Only recently we announced a further increase to the Pooled Drug Treatment Budget.

"For every £1 spent on treatment, at least £9.50 is saved in crime and health costs. This funding will help to provide a life away from drugs for the user and a new future for families, friends and communities affected by the impact of drug addiction."


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