New service launched to help offenders quit alcohol and drugs
Framework, which has worked to support people in the criminal justice system for many years, has been commissioned to deliver the Clean Slate service, which aims to cut reoffending rates by tackling offenders’ alcohol and drug dependencies.
The service, funded by the Nottinghamshire Crime and Drugs Partnership, employs 25 staff and is operated in partnership with Double Impact and Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust, in collaboration with Nottinghamshire Police, and Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire and Rutland Community Rehabilitation Company and the National Probation Service.
Based at Castle Gate House, Nottingham, Clean Slate maximises clients’ chances of recovery by offering a range of services and facilities. Interventions range from assessment and treatment for people arrested, to specialist assessments for courts, structured psychosocial interventions and prescribing services to meet the needs of anyone in contact with community criminal justice services.
Apollos Clifton Brown, Framework’s Clinical Lead for Drug and Alcohol Services, said:
“Framework has delivered both alcohol and drug treatment for some time. We also have considerable experience of helping service users with a history of offending behaviour.
“Providing drug and alcohol treatment to people on the criminal justice pathway is the next logical development, and really broadens the ways we can support vulnerable people to live fulfilled and independent lives.
“With Clean Slate we now have 25 staff providing services across the custody suites, courts and the Adult Offender Building in Nottingham. Our main purpose in doing this is to cut rates of reoffending by confronting and treating the problems that prevented successful rehabilitations in the past.”