About this release

This is the third report on Residential Rehabilitation within the Monitoring and Evaluation Programme led by Public Health Scotland. The report presents information on the number of Alcohol and Drug Partnership statutory funded placements into residential rehabilitation, with estimated costs, that were approved between 1st April 2021 and 31st March 2022. Information is provided at a Scotland level, NHS Board and each Alcohol and Drug Partnership.     

Main points

  • Between 01 April 2021 and 31 March 2022, 511 placements for residential rehabilitation were approved in Scotland. Figure 1 below shows the number of monthly approved placements by ADPs in 2021/22.
  • The total estimated cost for approved placements was £3,146,303. Estimated costs were provided for 450 (88%) of placements approved by the Alcohol and Drug Partnerships (ADPs).
  • Information on the characteristics of individuals offered placements was available for 458 placements and this showed:
    • 67% of placements were for males (n=305), and 33% of placements were for females (n=153).
    • 47% (n=217) of the 458 approved placements by ADPs were for people with problematic alcohol use, 30% (n=136) was for people with problematic drug use, and 23% (n=104), was for people with co-dependency.
  • The average number of monthly placements approved was 38.
  • The largest number of approved placements by Alcohol and Drug Partnerships was in Glasgow City (n=109, 24%), followed by Highland (n=104, 23%) and City of Edinburgh (n=57, 12%).
  • City of Edinburgh ADP reported the highest estimated total cost for placements (£544,225) followed by Highland ADP (£488,578) and Glasgow City (£347,500).
  • Twenty-two ADPs reported having approved placements in Q4, which is an increase from 15 in Q1.
  • The most common reason for ADPs submitting a nil return during 2021/22 was ongoing work in developing new clinical pathways into residential rehabilitation.

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Residential rehabilitation is a well-established intervention for the treatment of drug and alcohol problems and is recognised as an important option for some people requiring treatment.  As part of the National Mission, the Scottish Government has committed to invest £100M for residential rehabilitation over the next five years.  In this current financial year, and for the next five years, the Alcohol and Drugs Partnerships have been allocated £13.5M, with £5M earmarked to support additional capacity and access Residential Rehabilitation services. 

Further information

The next release of this publication will be 27 September 2022.

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