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S5W-04131: Maurice Corry (West Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 28 October 2016

To ask the Scottish Government what it is doing to ensure that effective partnerships exist between voluntary sector mental health services, the NHS, local authorities and the justice system to ensure that vulnerable veterans receive access to appropriate help in relation to alcohol issues.

Answered by: Shona Robison 10 November 2016

The Public Bodies (Joint Working)(Scotland) Act 2014 placed a duty on Integration Authorities to develop a 'strategic plan' for integrated functions and budgets under their control.

Strategic commissioning plans have been published by every Partnership, and we are providing support for their on-going development. Some partnerships are undertaking more detailed needs analysis of specific care groups.

The strategic commissioning plan sets out how partnerships will plan and deliver services for their area over the medium term, using the integrated budgets under their control. Stakeholders must be fully engaged in the preparation, publication and review of the strategic commissioning plan, in order to establish a meaningful co-productive approach, to enable Integration Authorities to deliver the national outcomes for health and wellbeing, and achieve the core aims of integration.

For local alcohol services, it is for individual Alcohol and Drug Partnerships, featuring appropriate representation from a range of partners including; NHS Boards, local authorities and Third Sector organisations, to ensure that person-centred prevention, support and recovery services are provided to meet the needs of their resident populations (including those of Veterans).

The Scottish Government introduced a target for alcohol (and drug) treatment waiting times in 2011, to ensure clients (including veterans) received faster access to treatment. Through this target we expect that 90% of people to receive access to appropriate alcohol and/ or drug treatment within 3 weeks of referral to support their recovery. The most recent statistics, published on 27 September 2016, indicate that in April-June 2016 for alcohol treatment, 95.6% of 7,068 people waited 3 weeks or less between April-June 2016.