Who pays for drug treatment in residential rehabs?

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Who really funds drug treatment in residential rehabs, asks James Armstrong.

It’s obvious isn’t it? In state funded rehab the state pays, don’t they?

In community settings, the Local Authority pays for drug treatment as part of a responsibility to provide social care. In prisons and secure settings, the NHS pay as part of healthcare provision.

But, for people who need the combination of multiple services (often substance use, mental health and homelessness) that are best met in a residential setting, who pays?

Local Authorities certainly pay for some of the cost. Although, in many areas they have devolved the responsibility to the community treatment provider. Sometimes this funding is ringfenced, and sometimes it is not. Knowing this, we can be fairly sure it is either the Local Authority or the community drug treatment provider paying for rehab, can’t we?

Read the full blog post here.


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