Estimating the costs and benefits of an alcohol treatment requirement

Estimating the costs and benefits of an alcohol treatment requirement 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 http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Drugs and Alcohol Today Emerald Publishing

Estimating the costs and benefits of an alcohol treatment requirement

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © 2011 Emerald Group Publishing Limited. All rights reserved.
ISSN
1745-9265
DOI
10.1108/17459261111186476
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Abstract

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

Journal

Drugs and Alcohol TodayEmerald Publishing

Published: Sep 16, 2011

Keywords: Alcohol treatment requirement; Break even; Payment by results; National Health Service; Substance misuse

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