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New Drug and Alcohol Service For North Yorkshire Adults

North Yorkshire County Council

9:38am 1st October 2014

North Yorkshire County Council has awarded contracts for the provision of its new integrated substance misuse service to two highly experienced voluntary sector organisations, DISC and Lifeline Project.

DISC has been assisting people and their communities in the North to deal with unemployment, poverty, crime, addiction, homelessness and family breakdown for over twenty five years. DISC will be working with the Cambridge Centre and Spectrum to deliver the drug and alcohol treatment part of the new service; both are also highly specialist drug and alcohol treatment service providers. 

Lifeline Project has forty years’ experience of managing drug and alcohol services, with criminal justice expertise. Lifeline will be working with Changing Lives, another highly specialist drug and alcohol provider, to deliver the recovery and mentoring part of the new service. This will involve things like peer mentor programmes and integration of activities within local communities, all of which are known to support recovery.

Together they bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise to help people successfully recover from substance misuse across North Yorkshire. There will be a single point of contact for the service, and the service will be provided locally.

County Councillor Don Mackenzie, Executive Member for Public Health:

“This new service will be very much focused on helping and supporting people to recover from substance misuse and dependence,”

“This new service will be simpler for people to use and access and we believe that people who misuse drugs and alcohol deserve the very best evidenced based help available, and we are confident that the new integrated service will provide that.

The new service will begin operating on 1 October, 2014, following the award of the £3.9m contract to provide the service on 28 May, 2014.  It replaces a complex range of services that was previously provided by 11 different organisations.

Dr Lincoln Sargeant, Director of Public Health:



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