Hertfordshire County Council wants to support Hertfordshire residents to live healthy, long lives and to live safely in their communities. Reducing substance misuse is one way of doing this and the Council aims to prevent and reduce harm related to drugs and alcohol by commissioning (buying) evidence-based, cost effective services for drugs and alcohol prevention, control and treatment for all ages in Hertfordshire.
The current contract for the service is due to end in Spring 2019 so the Council is consulting on what a new service could look like. It is proposing an all age service provision which could mean one organisation responsible for the support. It is also planning to target hard to reach groups including street drinkers, those fleeing domestic violence and carers.
You can take part in the consultation by completing a short survey at https://surveys.hertfordshire.gov.uk/s/drugandalcoholservice/
The survey closes on 18th October 2017.
The Council is guided by The National Drug Strategy 2017 with two main focuses prevention and recovery. It is also guided by the Hertfordshire Drugs and Alcohol Strategy 2016 – 2019, which has four priority outcomes:
1. People choose not to misuse drugs and/or alcohol;
2. More people get the right help with their drugs and/or alcohol misuse;
3. Fewer children, young people and families are affected by drugs and/or alcohol misuse; and
4. Fewer crimes are committed by those who misuse drugs and/or alcohol
A Council spokesperson said: “There is less money available to the Council. People needing substance misuse treatment also have changing needs there are more opiate users, new psychoactive substances and varying preferences for methods of communication and support. This means we need to make the best use of public money, buildings, resources and highly skilled staff.”