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The NTA has become part of Public Health England (PHE), an executive agency of the Department of Health

For information about PHE please see

Historical information

Before 1 April 2013, drug and alcohol treatment in England was managed by the National Treatment Agency for Substance Misuse (NTA).

The NTA was created as a Special Health Authority in 2001 to improve the availability, capacity and effectiveness of drug treatment in England. The NTA's role was to ensure treatment services in England delivered on both the public health and criminal justice agendas, reflecting the interests of the Department of Health (DH), responsible for funding the NHS as well as public health services, and the Home Office, the lead Whitehall department on drugs policy and crime reduction.

When it published the NHS white paper (July 2010), the Government announced that as part of these changes the NTA would be abolished as a separate organisation and its critical functions transferred to a new national service, Public Health England (PHE).

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