Scottish Borders Council

Consultations : Alcohol and Drugs Partnership - 2012-2015 Strategies for Consultation

Consultation subject Alcohol and Drugs Partnership - 2012-2015 Strategies for Consultation
Summary detailsThe Borders Alcohol & Drugs Partnership (ADP) is responsible for reducing alcohol and drug problems amongst young people, adults, and local communities. Alcohol misuse is the biggest problem locally with consumption amongst adults being higher than the national rate. The prevalence of problem drug use is lower, but remains a concern.

ADP members, including Scottish Borders Council, NHS Borders, Lothian & Borders Police, the Community Justice Authority, and voluntary sector drug and alcohol services, adopt a joint strategic approach to reducing drug and alcohol problems amongst young people, adults and the harmful impact on communities.

The ADP has drafted strategies for its core business, and for commissioning. Both Strategies are outcome focused and are informed by assessments of local need, developments in national policy, and monitoring and reviews of local plans.

The ADP overarching Strategy describes ADP’s commitment to working together with local communities to ensure that:

- People live in positive, health-promoting local environments where alcohol and drugs are less readily available
- Fewer adults and children are drinking or using drugs at levels or patterns that are damaging to themselves or others
- Those people at greatest risk of developing drug and alcohol problems are identified earlier to ensure they do not escalate
- People are healthier and experience fewer risks as a result of alcohol and drug use
- Resources are targeted at populations considered “at risk” or “hard to reach”
- Individuals are improving their health, wellbeing and life-chances by recovering from problematic drug and alcohol use
- Alcohol and drugs services are high quality, continually improving, efficient, evidence-based and responsive, ensuring people engage in recovery focussed work throughout treatment and that their recovery continues on into sustained achievement of long term goals
- Children and family members of people misusing alcohol and drugs are safe, well-supported and have improved life-chances
- Communities and individuals are safe from alcohol and drug related offending and anti-social behaviour

The Commissioning Strategy supports the delivery of the ADP overarching strategy. It incorporates services provided by both the statutory and voluntary sector and promotes closer integration and partnership working, outlining the way different services and agencies will come together to meet the needs of people with drug and alcohol problems.

The ADP invites you to respond to this important consultation exercise.
DepartmentSocial Work/NHS Borders
Closing dateMarch 16th 2012
Telephone01896 825566
ContactJulie Murray (NHS)

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