Purpose – This paper seeks to report on a project to estimate the costs and benefits of implementing an Alcohol Treatment Requirement (ATR) in Stockport. The work is designed to support the development of a Payment by Results (PbR) approach to funding. Design/methodology/approach – The paper summarises existing literature on the potential impacts associated with ATRs, broader alcohol treatment, relevant offender interventions and calculates the costs associated with negative outcomes. Findings – A model of the potential cost savings to the Criminal Justice System and the National Health Service is set out which suggests that an ATR would need to achieve a 12 per cent reduction in re‐offending to break even. Originality/value – The methodology and findings will be of interest to drug and alcohol service providers and commissioners who are considering PbR
Drugs and Alcohol Today – Emerald Publishing
Published: Sep 16, 2011
Keywords: Alcohol treatment requirement; Break even; Payment by results; National Health Service; Substance misuse
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