In Somerset the work to tackle the harm associated with drugs and alcohol is co-ordinated through Somerset Drug and Alcohol Partnership (SDAP).
SDAP is accountable to the Somerset Health and Wellbeing Board; and as such the work of SDAP contributes to realising the ambition of the wider health and wellbeing strategy for 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’.
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?
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:
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:
It operates as a senior board of partners meeting quarterly. Every quarter there is an open part 1 meeting and then a confidential part 2 meeting for commissioners. This part 2 functions as SDAP’s commissioning group which is responsible for commissioning substance misuse related services for young people and adults in Somerset. It does this by: