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Treatment and Services

Treatment and Support Services

Responsibility is devolved to Scotland's 30 Alcohol and Drug Partnerships (ADPs) to commission evidence-based, person-centred and recovery-focused treatment services to meet the needs of their resident populations.

Alcohol and Drug Partnerships are accountable to local Community Planning Partnerships:

Framework for Alcohol and Drug Partnerships

On April 20, 2009 a new joint Framework for Alcohol and Drug Partnerships was launched, signed jointly by Scottish Government, the NHS and COSLA, for delivering action on alcohol and drugs at local level:

This document sets out a framework for local partnerships on alcohol and drugs. It aims to ensure that all bodies involved in tackling alcohol and problem drug use are clear about their responsibilities and their relationships with each other; and to focus activity on the identification, pursuit and achievement of agreed, shared outcomes.

Key Developments

Key developments which have been supported by Alcohol and Drug Partnerships include:

  • Introduction of a HEAT Target to allow faster access to specialist drug and alcohol treatment services, which will ensure that, by March 2013, people receive treatment within three weeks to support their recovery. The alcohol component of the target was included from April 2011.
  • Introduction of Alcohol Brief Intervention (ABI) Standard. Alcohol brief interventions contribute to the Scottish Government's overall objective of reducing alcohol-related harm by helping individuals to cut down their drinking to within sensible guidelines. Through priority (primary care, antenatall and A&E) and wider settings, over 753,000 alcohol brief interventions have been delivered across Scotland.

  • Guidance for alcohol brief intervention delivery in 2017-18 has been updated. For further information on the Alcohol Brief Intervention programme, including training needs, data collection and the sharing of local delivery and practice throughout Scotland, please visit the NHS Health Scotland website.

  • Publication of guidance to support the delivery of effective alcohol treatment and support services for people with more serious alcohol problems. The Quality Alcohol Treatment and Support (QATS) report (2011) features 14 recommendations which will help to ensure people accessing treatment receive appropriate support to enable them to recover from their alcohol problem. The Equality Impact Assessment (EqIA) for the report is also available.

  • Strengthened Alcohol and Drug Partnership reporting arrangements. The Scottish Government has worked with local Alcohol and Drug Partnerships (ADPs) and COSLA to develop a set of core national outcomes and indicators which will enable improvements in the core outcomes to be measured. The core outcomes and indicators will be supplemented by local outcomes and indicators which reflect local priorities.

  • The seven core national drug and alcohol outcomes have been identified and formed part of the allocation letters for earmarked drug and alcohol funding from 2011-12. A full list of the core outcomes is available.

  • Publication of the Alcohol and Offenders Guidance Statement. This statement is intended to provide guidance and support for those who have a responsibility in developing strategic responses to alcohol problems amongst offenders.

  • Publication of the Alcohol and Drug Workforce Statement is addressed to anyone who has a role in improving outcomes for an individual, families or communities experiencing problematic drug and alcohol use. The purpose of the statement is to:

  1. Set out why action is required to develop the alcohol and drug workforce and to outline the important roles and contributions of those directly involved in workforce development
  2. Acknowledge the need for strategic leadership and express the responsibilities of decision makers at national and local level
  3. Set out learning priorities for all levels of the drug and alcohol workforce