§ Miss Melanie Johnson
The National Treatment Agency oversees the pooled drug treatment budget which stands this year at £236 million, an increase of 23 per cent, on last year's allocation. This money is allocated to drug action teams, which make the decisions on how funding on statutory and non-Government centres is spent at a local level.
In addition, both statutory and non-Government centres also receive funds from mainstream primary care trust and social services funds. This is expenditure based on local needs and local decision making, so details are not available centrally.351W
The National Treatment Outcomes Research Study (NTORS) looked at residential rehabilitation services, which are primarily run by non-Government centres. NTORS showed that clients entering residential rehabilitation and inpatient programmes made substantial improvements in terms of abstinence from, and reduction of, illicit drug misuse, criminal activity, levels of injecting and psychological health.