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Drug treatment centres to get £10m boost

Drug treatment centres to get £10m boost

Drug abuse centres to get £10m boost

Drug and alcohol treatment centres across England will benefit from an investment boost of £10 million, it has been revealed. 

A total of £76 million was invested between 2007 and 2011.

Public Health England (PHE) distributes the funding through local authorities to both voluntary sector and NHS-based service providers to support programmes that help clients towards overcoming substance dependency.

Rosanna O’Connor, PHE director of alcohol and drugs said: “Tackling substance misuse is a major priority for Public Health England. Treatment services are for many the first step on the road to recovery from drug or alcohol dependence. 

“We are delighted to announce this additional investment which will provide valuable support for ambitious and creative recovery-focused initiatives across the country.” 

Liverpool primary care trust used the funding in 2010 to develop The Brink, a social enterprise café/dry bar for people in recovery which was visited by HRH the Duchess of Cambridge. 

In 2007 Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly PCT received £1.6m for a locally based residential rehabilitation provider (Bosence Farm) to develop Boswyns, a new inpatient detoxification unit for Cornwall and the surrounding area. The unit provides a multi-disciplinary team of medical, nursing and social care professionals in a supportive and structured environment.

Providers who wish to bid for funding will need support of their local authority, and will have to demonstrate that they promote recovery-oriented drug or alcohol treatment, are needs-led and contribute towards delivering successful recovery outcomes. 

The applications process will be managed via PHE’s regional centres. The grant awards will be announced in March 2014.

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