In June 2019, the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for Cleveland allocated funding to support a 12-month Heroin Assisted Treatment (HAT) pilot programme in Middlesbrough.
Current PCC grant arrangements were due to expire on 30 June 2020 but they were extended to 30 September 2020.
It is requested that a grant of £288,123 is extended for a further 12 months. This will enable the scheme to continue until 30 September 2021.
Based on current performance and HAT’s benefits in reducing offending behaviour and substance misuse, £50,000 funding has been secured from Durham Tees Valley Community Rehabilitation Company. This will also support the scheme to continue for a further 12-months.
Additional partnership investment and alternative funding opportunities are being explored. At the same time, the PCC wants to underpin the continued development and delivery of the scheme. Income has been secured through the Asset Recovery Incentivisation Scheme (ARIS.) This was agreed in March 2020.
HAT is being independently evaluated by Teesside University. Evaluation will inform future commissioning and the development of a wider drug policy.