Radical approach to drugs recovery piloted

Published on Friday, 08 April 2011 11:26
Posted by Scott Buckler

Eight areas in England will test innovative new ways to help drug addicts recover and achieve a sustained recovery, Public Health Minister Anne Milton announced today(April 8th)

The areas have been selected following a competition to pilot a Payment by Results (PbR) scheme set out in the new Drugs Strategy 2010. It demonstrates the Government’s commitment to go further, faster on improving the recovery of adults by incentivising the system around outcomes.


This will mean that providers will no longer be paid simply on process activity but on the outcomes they achieve - such as being free of dependence or back in work. This will mean a renewed focus on giving clients the support they need to tackle the very individual problems they face in integrating more fully in society.

The pilot sites will now start work on designing systems that reward providers who support individuals to recover from their dependence by using clear outcomes for the individual, their families and communities.

The successful pilot sites which have been invited to pilot the scheme are: Bracknell Forest, Enfield, Kent, Lincolnshire, Oxfordshire, Stockport, Wakefield and Wigan.

Each of the successful areas put forward innovative ideas for new payment models for drugs recovery that will take forward the PbR approach.

Anne Milton said:

"Drug addiction is often the result of a tragic cycle of family breakdown, poverty and crime. It has a corrosive effect on individuals and society.

“While we are working hard to prevent people using drugs in the first place. We are determined to get people off drugs and help them stay off. This is why we placed recovery at the heart of our strategy.

“Paying those organisations that provide drug recovery services for the outcomes they achieve is part of this. I have been so impressed by the incredible enthusiasm and desire that exists to move toward more innovative approaches to help people get free from drugs and get back into being part of society.

“I am confident that the local areas selected will help show how this can and should work in practice.”

Later this month the successful pilot sites will start work with the cross government PbR drug recovery project team to begin co-designing the detail of the pilots, with the aim that they are up and running from October 2011.


Source: DH

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