Drug/alcohol addiction is a complex but treatable condition.
Addicts use drugs and/or alcohol compulsively, damaging themselves
and those around them. Unfortunately drug and alcohol misuse often
goes hand in hand with poor health, homelessness, family breakdown
and offending. Please see the National Treatment Agency's Why Invest?
(PDF 328 KB) presentation for more information.
Tackling Drug and Alcohol Misuse reduces crime, which saves
money and makes communities safer, so it is important to ensure
that people have access to treatment and recovery opportunities in
the community, and at all points in the criminal justice system.
Please click on the links below for more information:
Prison Substance Misuse Services
Drug treatment in prison has changed dramatically over the last
few years with the introduction of Integrated Drug treatment
Service into HMP Hewell and HMP Long Lartin.
The service can now offer an assessment of health needs which if
required will lead to a period of stabilisation and depending on
the length of sentence progress onto a maintenance or detox regime.
In conjunction with this clinical service is the CARAT Team which
provides the psychosocial support that is vital during a difficult
time (CARAT = Counselling, Assessment, Referral, Advice &
Throughcare). They can offer 1:1 work, group work, linking with
other agencies and most importantly arranging support in the
community for those offenders that are shortly due for release. For
those that are facing a longer time in custody we have two
accredited drug treatment programmes that offenders can be referred
too. These both look at how drug use has affected somebody's
offending and its effect on others. Both courses also offer advice
on how to deal with difficult situations that offenders may face
when back in the community.
As part of the Governments October 2010 spending review,
responsibility for the funding of all substance misuse treatment
for offenders in England and Wales was transferred from the
Ministry of Justice to the Department of Health from 1st
Following this change Worcestershire County Council has now
commissioned a substance misuse service to meet the needs of the
offenders in both Worcestershire Prisons. The service reflects the
recommendations from the Patel report and provides treatments for
all substances including alcohol.
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West Mercia Probation
Trust provides probation supervision, offending behaviour
programmes and specialist support services which can stop people
committing further offences.
The Offender Substance Abuse Programme – OSAP is a specialised
programme designed to raise awareness of the link between substance
misuse and offending and to equip offenders with the skills to
enable them to reduce or stop substance misuse, thus reducing
Approximately 30 probation staff work in West Mercia's six
prisons. Click on Probation work in
prisons for more information on the important role probation
staff play in preparing prisoners for release and planning
A Drug Rehabilitation Requirement (DRR) is a community based
penalty for people who have committed high levels of crime to
support their drug use. It has replaced a similar penalty called
the Drug Treatment and Testing Order (DTTO). Worcestershire
Pathways to Recovery tests and treats drug use as part of this
sentence from the court.
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Drug Intervention Programme (DIP)
The Drug Interventions Programme (DIP), within Worcestershire
Pathways to Recovery, supports alcohol and substance users involved
in the criminal justice system
- Structured treatment interventions such as specialist
prescribing and structured drug work
- Community psychiatric nurse access
- Close work with local prisons to engage with those being
released from prison.
- Close work with criminal justice agencies such as the court to
support required assessment and restriction on bail packages.
- Access to employment training and education, and
- Preparation for service users to move onto a longer term
recovery pathway that specifically suits their needs
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Alcohol Criminal Justice Interventions Team (ACJIT)
Worcestershire Alcohol Criminal Justice Interventions Team
(ACJIT) was launched in April 2007. It provides two sessions of
brief intervention to individuals who have committed an
alcohol-related offence, with the aim of:
- Reducing the likelihood of further alcohol-related offences
- Improving attendee’s health and social functioning
- Providing a pathway into structured treatment where
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Community Safety Partnerships (CSPs)
Community Safety is more than just preventing crime and
disorder. It is fundamentally about delivering local solutions to
local problems that have been identified by local people.
Worcestershire County Council's Community safety team will work
with a broad range of partners across public, private and voluntary
sectors, to deal with the relevant issues concerning community
safety in Worcestershire
Local Community Safety Partnership -
Worcestershire is a two-tier authority and Community Safety
initiatives in the County are delivered by four Community
Safety Partnerships (CSPs).
Worcestershire DAAT works with the County Council's Community
Safety Team and the four Community Safety Partnerships to reduce
the harm that drugs and alcohol cause to individuals, families and
communities in Worcestershire.
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Youth Offending Service (YOS)
Worcestershire and Herefordshire Youth Offending Service
The Youth Offending Service is a multi-agency partnership formed
as a statutory requirement by the Crime and Disorder Act 1998. All
Local Authorities with responsibility for Education and Social
Services were required to form such partnerships, and
Worcestershire County Council and Herefordshire Council decided to
form a youth offending service together. The statutory partner
agencies are the Local Education Authority, Social
Services, Health, Police and Probation services for both
Worcestershire and Herefordshire. The Youth Justice System is
overseen by The Youth Justice Board of England and Wales that
was also set up by the Crime and Disorder Act
Worcestershire DAAT works with WHYOS to reduce the harm that
drugs and alcohol cause to individuals, families and communities in
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Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC)
The role of the Police and Crime Commissioner for West Mercia is
to ensure that West Mercia is policed by an efficient and effective
police service, which supports the needs of the many communities
across Herefordshire, Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin and
Worcestershire. Bill Longmore has been elected to fulfil this role
and has also stated that he intends to support and strengthen
the important work being undertaken by the many partners across the
force area in addressing crime and safety issues, and also provide
the public with a voice in policing matters.
See the Police and Crime Plan (including Objective 4 "To
reduce the harm caused by drugs with a focus on treatment, and
targeting those that cause the most harm") at
or for more information go to the PCC web page.
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- Talk to Frank
and confidential information and signposting.
Community programme to encourage
abstinence from alcohol.
- Narcotics Anonymous (NA)
Recovering addicts who meet regularly to help each other.
Information, training and support for carers, support groups and
- Alcohol Myths
Test your knowledge of alcohol-related
risks and find out the facts about drinking.
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This page was last reviewed 5 August 2013 at 10:15.
The page is next due for review 1 February 2015.