Decision details

Additional section 31 drug and alcohol treatment funding

Decision Maker: Integrated Commissioning Board

Decision status: For Determination

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: No

Purpose:

To obtain approval for the contract variations required to spend the additional section 31 funding received from Public Health England for drug and alcohol treatment.

Decisions:

The Integrated Commissioning Board received a report of the Interim Director of Public Health, which advised that since March 2021 there have been three different additional funding opportunities provided by Public Health England (PHE) for local authorities to bid for to support the delivery of substance misuse services. Rochdale Borough Council had been successful in securing all three. These were: Section 31 local authority grant for additional drug treatment crime and harm reduction activity 2021/22 – £444,000 universal element, £59,000 inpatient element for Rochdale Borough; Individual Placement and Support (IPS) employment programme in community drug and alcohol treatment - £215,000 secured across Rochdale and Oldham; and Section 31 Rough sleeping drug and alcohol treatment grant - £424,950 for Rochdale Borough.

 

This funding was in addition to the money local authorities already spend on substance misuse from the public health grant and must be spent on additional services / functions. The funding would be made available through the Section 31 grant provisions of the Local Government Act 2003. The funding was non-recurrent.

 

To enable this additional funding to be utilised, contract variations would have to be implemented with current providers. The submitted report therefore sought authority to formally put the variations in place.

 

Alternative considered:

None reported.

 

Resolved:

1.    The Integrated Commissioning Board approves the implementation of contract variations to enable the delivery of services funded via the Section 31 local authority grant for additional drug treatment crime and harm reduction.

2.    The Integrated Commissioning Board approves the implementation of a contract variation with the adult substance misuse treatment provider (Turning Point) to enable the delivery of services funded via the Individual Placement and Support (IPS) employment programme in community drug and alcohol treatment.

3.    The Integrated Commissioning Board approves the implementation of contract variations to enable the delivery of services funded via the Section 31 Rough sleeping drug and alcohol treatment grant.

4.    The Integrated Commissioning Board delegates the approval of the contract variations relating to the Section 31 Rough sleeping drug and alcohol treatment grant to the Director of Public Health and the Cabinet Member with responsibility for the Health Portfolio should the grant value be different to that described in this report, following formal notification of the outcome from Public Health England.

 

Reasons for the decision:

The approval of the recommendations (above) would enable additional funding which has been secured to be utilised in a contractually compliant manner. The funding bids had been successful on the basis that existing providers will deliver the additional services and functions.

Report author: Adam Sutcliffe

Publication date: 15/10/2021

Date of decision: 21/09/2021

Decided at meeting: 21/09/2021 - Integrated Commissioning Board

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