A consultation opens today (12 June) into how the local authority will support the needs of people with drug and alcohol problems living in Warwickshire.
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Warwickshire wants to work closely with service users, their families and key partners within health, social care, housing, employment and the criminal justice system to develop a new drug and alcohol service. The new service will focus on delivering outcomes that positively impact on an individual’s health and well-being and on those of society as a whole.
The recovery focused drug and alcohol service will continue to support local ambitions to reduce health inequalities, support people to make positive choices to improve health, wellbeing and family functioning.
The consultation seeks wide ranging views to influence and shape the proposed new service and ensure that the we appropriately direct the resources to the right people, at the right time and in the right place.
The consultation will run for six weeks from Monday 12 June until Friday 21 July 2017. During this time people will have the opportunity to find out more about the council’s proposals, and share their views.
People can respond to the consultation by completing an online survey at warwickshire.gov.uk/ask
As part of the consultation, a series of public consultation events will take place including a provider engagement event on 14 June, meeting with the Youth Parliament in July and hearing the views of adults, children and young people with substance misuse problems and their families through a series of county wide group and 1:1 sessions.
Warwickshire County Councillor Les Caborn, Portfolio Holder for Health said: “New guidance and a requirement to deliver effective targeted services within budget, have resulted in a rethink of the way we work and the support we provide to people living with drug and alcohol problems in Warwickshire.
“In consulting on drugs and alcohol services in Warwickshire, our priority is to ensure targeted support for those with the greatest need.
“The views of Warwickshire residents are central to the redesign of services which will ensure appropriate needs based support is available.
“The opinions of service users are essential to help us make the right decisions and I invite anyone with an interest in these services to take part in this consultation.”
Consultation feedback received by Friday 21 July will inform a report which will be presented to Cabinet for their decision in September.