In Somerset the work to tackle the harm associated with drugs and alcohol is co-ordinated through Somerset Drug and Alcohol Partnership (SDAP).
SDAP, all of its partners and stakeholders are committed to improving the outcomes for individuals and communities affected by the misuse of alcohol and drugs in Somerset.
What is SDAP?
SDAP is a strategic group of public sector organisations who work together to implement the national drugs and alcohol strategies in Somerset. It recognises that alcohol and drug misuse affects everyone in one way or another and that for the harm caused by alcohol/drugs to be minimised, tackling misuse is “everyone’s business”. It is made up of representatives from the police, probation, health and local authority.
The work of SDAP contributes to realising the ambition of the wider health and wellbeing strategy of Somerset for ‘people to live healthy and independent lives, supported by thriving and connected communities, with timely and easy access to high-quality and efficient public services when they need them’.
What is its role?
It aims to ensure that effective partnership responses are developed, commissioned and delivered to tackle drugs and alcohol issues for people resident within the county boundary of Somerset. It is accountable to the Somerset Health and Wellbeing Board and through the governance structures of its constituent partner organisations.
SDAP has links to other strategic groups such as:
Somerset Children’s Trust
Local Safeguarding Children Board
Reducing Re-offending Board
Vulnerable Adults Safeguarding Board
Police and Crime Commissioner for Avon & Somerset
Safer Somerset Partnership
By making these links SDAP ensures that drugs and alcohol are part of "everyone's business".
SDAP ensures that drugs and alcohol are part of everyone’s business
What does it deliver?
As part of its work, SDAP commissions a range of services and initiatives from: treatment services for local people, whatever their age, to help them recover from drug and alcohol problems, to training programmes so that anyone working in Somerset can respond to drugs and alcohol issues with confidence in their day to day work. SDAP works through a structure of subgroups.
The SDAP Commissioning Group (SDAP CG) has the responsibility for commissioning substance misuse related services for young people and adults in Somerset, which includes:
Undertaking needs assessment in line with relevant Public Health England guidance and with reference to national guidance on strategy & evidence based practice.
Setting priorities for the future direction of service provision.
Deciding the structure and pattern of service provision in line with the broader changes in: young people’s and adults services, individual partner’s remits and other stakeholders e.g. Police and Crime Commissioner.
Agreeing the annual pooled budget to meet the agreed priorities.
Monitoring the performance of the substance misuse system and individual service elements.
Conducting regular contract review meetings with commissioned services.
Consulting with service users (young people and adults), parents/carers/family members, providers and other stakeholders to inform commissioning decisions and quality assure the services commissioned.
More information on the work of SDAP can be found in the adult, young people and professionals sections.
SDAP Terms of Reference