Three new service providers are linking up with NHS Borders after winning contracts to help battle drug and alcohol abuse.
The move comes after the Borders Alcohol and Drug Partnership’s (ADP) recent Investment Review.
The Borders ADP has announced that Addaction, Action for Children/Face2face and North Star Consulting have been awarded contracts following the open procurement process.
Addaction, Action for Children and face2face all have successful track records for delivering both adult and children’s services in the Borders.
Andrew Horne, Director of Operations at Addaction Scotland, said: “We are the largest provider of drug and alcohol services in the country. We are delighted to be awarded the contract for the new Recovery Service in the Scottish Borders.
“We aim to create a service which becomes the first port of call for anyone worried about their own or someone else’s drinking or drug use. We will operate across the Borders and see people at times and places that are suitable to their wishes and needs.”
Action for Children has worked with the ADP supporting young carers affected by parental substance misuse. face2face is a local charity which has led local work with the ADP to support children with substance misuse problems.
North Star Consulting is new to the ADP and has been contracted to further regional engagement.
Work is now underway to ensure a smooth transition to the new services including the development of a Service Level Agreement with the NHS Borders Addiction Service.
They will continue to offer treatment and support to adults with more complex needs relating to substance misuse and are keen to work in a more integrated way with the new services.
Dr Eric Baijal, NHS Borders and Scottish Borders Council Joint Director of Public Health and Chair of the ADP, said: “I am delighted that we have secured contracts with respected providers and look forward to service users and families reaping the benefits of the new arrangements.”
He added: “We are confident this new configuration will provide services which best fit local need.”