NE Lincs drug & alcohol services secured with new contract
Commenting on the award of a new multi-million pound contract to provide services for people with drug and alcohol problems across North East Lincolnshire, Cllr Peter Wheatley, Chair of the local Health & Wellbeing Board, said: “I am delighted the future of the service has been secured at the same time as getting the best value for money for local residents.”
The contract (which starts on 01-Jul-2014) means we can offer a local service to help to more than 1,000 local people each year, through a pioneering partnership between: Rotherham, Doncaster & South Humber NHS Foundation Trust(RDaSH); Care Plus Group(CPG); and The Alcohol & Drug Service(ADS).
The impact of addiction on people’s lives in North East Lincolnshire is huge. It breaks down families, harms communities and has a direct and negative impact on the local economy. Each of the partners has a track record of reducing such harm, re-integrating people back into the local community and supporting people into education and employment.
Working together to deliver a single seamless service, the partners will offer a ‘whole system’ approach ensuring that people who need help in overcoming substance misuse will have an enhanced experience.
Tim Young, Chief Executive of the ADS, commented: "We are pleased that the Local Authority recognises the value of such an integrated service. Working together in this joined up way is exciting, as we will focus on the delivery of quality services while supporting the Local Authority’s need to make efficiency savings. Each of these service providers has proven track record of helping individuals, families and communities who are suffering the effects of substance misuse.
“There has been a period of uncertainty for both staff and service users during the contract bidding process. It is a testament to the skill, commitment and maturity of staff that services have continued to be delivered so effectively during this time. Now we will work to achieve a smooth transition to the new model.”
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