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 Funding for drug treatment and recovery services 2012-13

Local drug partnerships in England are being incentivised to provide drug treatment services that sustain recovery as part of a £466.7m funding settlement for 2012-13.

From April, a proportion of the national contribution to local funding will reward local areas on the basis of the number of individuals who successfully overcome addiction.

This change to the formula for distributing drug treatment funds is in line with the government's plans to explore ways in which treatment providers can be paid for the results they obtain. 

It is coming into force a year before local authorities take over full responsibility for commissioning drug treatment services as part of the government's public health reforms.

Today the local partnerships which currently commission treatment were told by the NTA how much they will receive in 2012-13 from a total budget for community and prison services that continues to be worth about £570m.

Paul Hayes, Chief Executive of the NTA, said: "At a time when all budgets are under pressure and many publicly-funded programmes are being significantly reduced, the government continues to demonstrate its commitment to increasing the numbers recovering from drug dependency. 

"The government has maintained unchanged its contribution towards the cost of treatment services, so the onus is now on local authorities to ensure they continue to invest in services to support treatment and sustain recovery.

"Drug users are more likely to complete their recovery if they have this wider support to rebuild their lives, such as help with employment prospects and access to stable accommodation."

In recent years, local councils and health authorities have spent about £200m of their own funds on drug treatment and support services in addition to central funding from the Department of Health.

The core of the central contribution is the adult Pooled Treatment Budget, distributed according to a formula that takes into account the socio-economic characteristics of each area and the numbers in effective treatment.

This year, 20% of the allocation will be based on the numbers locally who successfully completed a programme of treatment and did not return within six months. This anticipates the national drugs outcome indicator that will be measured from 2013 by Public Health England, the new national body which takes over functions from the NTA.

The funding settlement also includes £25.4m for young people's services, which is unchanged for the third year running, and allocations to ensure offenders get access to treatment.  


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