A label for exclusion: support for alcohol-misusing offenders

Centre for Mental Health
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19p., bibliog.
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The development of alcohol interventions for offenders is a challenging area with implications for both health and criminal justice agencies. This policy paper, intended for those responsible for commissioning or delivery of alcohol services from health, criminal justice or other agencies, discusses joint commissioning and delivery of alcohol interventions for offenders in the community. It is based on interviews and focus groups with commissioners, managers, frontline workers and service users in the South West region, and input from the Department of Health, the Ministry of Justice, the National Offender Management Service, and other specialist agencies. It covers defining and measuring alcohol misuse and dependence, extent of need, economic impact, the evidence base, models of care, interventions for offenders, and commissioning and policy. It identifies key issues and challenges relating to joint commissioning and provision: under resourcing of alcohol provision, variations in joint commissioning practice, misalignment between the objectives and targets of health and criminal justice commissioners, concerns about sustainability of services, and lack of equivalence between alcohol and drug commissioning. It makes 10 recommendations for commissioners, agencies and practitioners, and concludes that there is a strong case for health, criminal justice and other agencies collaborating to commission preventive and early interventions.

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intervention, joint commissioning, offenders, alcohol misuse, collaboration, health care;
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