A public consultation took place from 13 July 2015 to 16 August 2015 around providing one substance misuse service for adults and young people across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.
This was a second stage consultation following consultation in the city over November to December 2014. An online questionnaire was used. In addition there were four focus group meetings with user and carer groups in the city.
Questions were asked about meeting the needs of both city and county residents, of adults and young people, and those in the criminal justice system.
An overall question was asked about whether people supported the proposal.
In total 202 individual questionnaire responses were received. There was a clear majority in favour of one service meeting needs across the three areas - 61% strongly agreed and 23.8% tended to agree.
Concerns were raised however around the implications for venues and staff resources and those that strongly disagreed were particularly concerned about young people accessing services in the same venues and locations as adult service users
Most people (45.1%) either strongly or tended to agree (27.2%) with the proposal that the service supported adults as well as young people. Again concern was expressed here though about young people accessing services at the same venue and locality as adults.
A majority of people were in agreement with the service supporting adults and young people in the criminal justice system (e.g. court ordered treatment) as well as all other users; 41.6% of respondents strongly agreed and 28.1% of respondents tended to agree with this.
Some concern was expressed about voluntary service users accessing the same venue and locality as those in the Criminal Justice system.
Overall the majority (72.4%) of people either strongly or tended to agree with the new proposed model, although more tended to agree (38.9%) rather than strongly agree.
Feedback from this consultation and that carried out in 2014 has informed and shaped proposals for Leicester and Leicestershire councils, the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner and NHS England to put in place one substance misuse support service which will cover Leicester and Leicestershire and HMP Leicester from July 2016.
The retendering for this new service began in early November 2015.
Leicester, Leicestershire, and Rutland councils and the office of the Police and Crime Commissioner are proposing to put in place an integrated substance misuse service which will cover Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland from July 2016.
Over the next few weeks you will have the opportunity to tell us what you think of the proposal for one substance misuse service. Your feedback will help to further shape the model of delivery.
Why We Are Consulting
Currently, Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland councils each commission their own substance misuse support services. Current provision comes to an end in June 2016 which has provided an opportunity to review our services and look at how we can work together and share resources. This will help us to provide more integrated services and make it easier for people to access the support they need. Initial consultation was held in the City over November to December 2014.
What Happens Next
Your feedback will be incorporated with the other consultation feedback received and will be presented to Lead members and senior managers from within the three local authorities for consideration in Autumn 2015 when a decision will be made. The results from the consultation will be published on the council websites in due course.