Estimating the costs and benefits of an alcohol treatment requirement

Drugs and Alcohol Today

Authors

Chris Fox, Kevin Albertson, Karen Williams, Mark Ellison

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

Publication link

http://www.emeraldinsight.com/case_studies.htm/case_studies.htm?articleid=1958959&show=html

Fox, C., Albertson, K., Williams, K. and Ellison, M. (2011) ‘Estimating the costs and benefits of an alcohol treatment requirement’. Drugs and Alcohol Today, Vol. 11 No. 3 pp. 147-156

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