Reshaping drug and alcohol services in Haringey
Consultation on the changes to drug and alcohol services closed on 16 November 2012. The responses have been analysed and detailed findings from the questionnaires and focus groups are available in the full consultation report (PDF 314KB).
We received a total of 161 responses and:
- the majority (70%) prefer several access points into drug and alcohol treatment as opposed a single assessment team
- the majority (59%) support the reduction in the number of treatment providers. There were, however, concerns over the location of the new service, changes in key workers and worries about which treatment will be available after the changes
- the majority (70%-76%) support having drug and alcohol workers providing satellites in respective services
- greater emphasis on recovery services was supported in focus groups
- counselling (81%), employment and training support (76%), relapse prevention groups (74%) and key working (74%) were the most popular form of recovery support
- the majority (63%) think that recovery services should be available in the same building as other drug or alcohol services
- nearly half (49%) are in support of separate recovery services for abstinent clients. Less than third (30%) were against the proposal
- comments regarding equal access related to mainly physical distance to services, opening hours and single sex groups. Separate women's groups were appreciated by many, both in the questionnaire comments and in focus groups
Purpose of the consultation
The purpose of the consultation was to seek views on the proposed changes to inform the specifications for each contract.
To that effect we sought views on:
- The best way for service users to access treatment
- The planned reduction in the number of treatment providers
- Satellite services - having alcohol workers in drug treatment and drug workers in alcohol services
- The availability and the range of recovery services
- Equal access to services
The consultation was aimed at
- Haringey residents who use local drug and alcohol treatment services, and their family, partners and friends; as well as
- Ex-service users or those who are considering accessing drug or alcohol services in Haringey
- Professionals and members of the public with an interest in drug and alcohol services and issues in Haringey
The consultation consisted of an online questionnaire, a paper based questionnaire which was distributed to all drug and alcohol services in Haringey and focus groups so we could hear the views of service users first hand.
The next steps
Information about what happens next will also be published on the web and publicised at the relevant treatment services. The new service provision will be in place by January 2014.
- Information about alcohol and drug misuse in Haringey is available from the Joint Strategic Needs Assessment
Drug and Alcohol Action Team
Tel: 020 8489 6909
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