Drug and alcohol treatment contracts to the value of around £7 million are being re-commissioned by Lincolnshire County Council. The current contracts with various providers end next year, so the council is now reviewing them to get a better service that also offers best value for money.
Lincolnshire County Council is responsible for the commissioning of substance misuse treatment in the county, and as part of a review of what is currently provided, the council is carrying out consultation with people who have used these services in the last few years.
But the authority is also interested in learning more from those who have not used these services but have concerns that they, or a friend or family member, should be receiving treatment.
A survey is available to fill in until 29 May at www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/alcoholanddrugs Paper copies are available on request – see the website for more information.
The latest figures show that the number of people in treatment for drug and alcohol misuse in Lincolnshire has increased by 21% over the last three years.
Executive Councillor for Public Health at the county council, Coun Patricia Bradwell, said:
“We know these services are in demand because of the increase we’ve seen in the uptake. However, there are also a lot of people who feel they cannot function normally without drugs or alcohol and have not sought help. We need to better understand what the barriers are to people taking those first steps to getting treatment, to shape future services.
“We want to know the views of people who have used the services already, but also those who should be receiving treatment. If you have concerns about a friend or family member, or you yourself have considered getting treatment, please tell us how you think we can make treatment services accessible to more people.”