Improving the value of drug treatment systems: Consultation extended - have your say.

The NTA has been asked by the Government to develop a model of drug treatment systems, and a related tool, that can help commissioning partnerships in delivering the best possible outcomes from the available resources for their treatment systems. This is in response to the recent increases in pooled treatment budget funding, the availability of more robust performance and cost data for treatment services, and the publication in 2007 of a suite of clinical guidance for the drug treatment field.

The consultation has been extended to 12 January 2009.  We invite you to comment.


The National Treatment Agency for Substance Misuse (NTA) is a special health authority within the NHS, established by Government in 2001 to improve the availability, capacity and effectiveness of treatment for drug misuse in England.

Treatment reduces the harms caused by drug misuse to individuals, public health, and community safety. The Home Office estimates that there are approximately 332,000 problem drug misusers in England.

The NTA has achieved the Department of Health’s targets to:

  • double the number of people in treatment between 1998 and 2008
  • increase the percentage of those successfully completing or appropriately continuing treatment year on year.


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