The Angus Integrated Drug and Alcohol Recovery Service (AIDARS), part of Angus Health and Social Care Partnership, has reached the short-list of the 2019 COSLA Excellence Awards in the category of Service Innovation and Improvement.
This integrated service brought together the previous substance misuse services from health and local authority sectors in 2017, to provide best practice and develop innovative approaches to ensure the needs of people and their families affected by substance misuse are met within their own communities.
This has provided earlier access to a wider group of treatments, individual person centered outcomes, and supports to the wider family and communities of Angus. Integration of the service, supported by the Health and Social Care Partnership, has shown clear evidence of the importance of integrated work and the benefits of bringing services together to meet the needs of people and their families who live in Angus.
Chief Officer for Angus Health and Social Care Partnership Vicky Irons said, “The Angus Integrated Drug and Alcohol Service is evidence that integration works.
“The difference for people using our service is shorter waiting times and entering treatment faster which immediately reduces their negative experiences of addiction. “I am very proud of what the AIDARS team have achieved in a relatively short period of time.”