About this release

This is the eighth report on residential rehabilitation within the Monitoring and Evaluation Programme led by Public Health Scotland (PHS). The report presents information on the number of Alcohol and Drug Partnership (ADP) statutory-funded placements into residential rehabilitation, with estimated costs, that were approved between 1 April 2021 and 30 September 2023. Information is provided at a Scotland level and for each ADP.

Main points

  • Overall, between 1 April 2021 and 30 September 2023, 1,829 statutory-funded placements (including ADP-approved placements, National Mission-funded placements and Ward 5 data) for residential rehabilitation were approved in Scotland. The total estimated cost over this timeframe was £15,981,643.
  • Between 1 April and 30 September 2023 (2023/24), 477 statutory-funded placements were approved for residential rehabilitation in Scotland. This is an increase of 126 placements when compared to April–September 2022/23 (n = 351), and an increase of 16 placements when compared to October–March 2022/23 (n = 461).
  • The total estimated cost for the 477 placements was £5,196,784. This cost is made up of £3,912,944 from 386 ADP-approved placements, £585,468 for 39 placements to Ward 5 Woodland View, and £698,372 for 36 prison-to-rehab placements, which are included under the National Mission programme. Cost information is currently not available for Aberlour Mother and Child Recovery House; River Garden Auchincruive; or Phoenix Future Harper House – Specialist Family Service Scotland.

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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. Since 2021/22, and for the next five years, the ADPs in Scotland have been allocated £13.5M, with £5M earmarked to support additional capacity and access residential rehabilitation services.

Further information

The monitoring and reporting arrangements of this report are currently under review. Any future publications will be announced in due course.

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Last updated: 11 December 2023
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