2013 was a pivotal year for drug, alcohol and related services. Many of the funding and commissioning structures that have supported the sector for years were replaced with new and in some cases substantially different entities. Drug and alcohol services will be affected by reforms to local authority freedoms and responsibilities and in particular, the implications of public health reforms and police and criminal justice commissioning and funding arrangements. Understanding how the sector is affected by and adapting to these reforms is crucial. This survey summary explores how services are coping with the reforms.
Most of the research for the survey was carried out in October 2013 and focussed on how services are being affected in the broadest sense: changes to funding, the impact of commissioning and the changing external environment. The primary means of gathering information was through an online quantitative survey promoted by DrugScope. The emphasis was on adult residential and community services.