Issue details

Procurement of Accommodation Based Support for Alcohol/Drug Recovery

The County Council currently commissions accommodation based support for adults affected by alcohol and drug misuse. There are two current contracts which end 31 March 2021 with no option to extend.

Authorisation is sought to commence a procurement process to secure provision and a new service which will be effective from 1 April 2021.


Objectives of the service are:

       To maintain substance misuse recovery, and sustainable independent living

       Reduction in drug and alcohol related harm. Contributes to Public Health Outcome Framework (Phof) indicators.

       Improvement in the stability of people’s accommodation

       Improvement in physical and mental health and wellbeing

       Improvement in social, family and community networks

       Increased engagement with education, training, volunteering and employment

       Reduction in offending and anti-social behaviour


Activity will fit with the wider Prevention Strategy of West Sussex County Council, looking to support individuals with alcohol related difficulties earlier in their drinking history, and to prevent escalation of substance use related problems. An expected benefit will be an increase in local access to community settings for alcohol assisted withdrawal programmes.

Activity will support efforts to reduce risks of drug related deaths and reduce the numbers of drug deaths in treatment (an area of focus, working with Public Health England) and a priority of the Safer West Sussex Partnership Board.


The contract will run for a period of four (4) years with the possibility of a further extension for up to two (2) years built into the terms of the contract. The total value of the contract funded through the public health grant, is approximately £2.10M (including extension period). There are additional income streams from Housing Benefit revenue (majority contributor) and from District and Borough Councils.


Decision type: Key

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Divisions affected: (All Divisions);

Notice of proposed decision first published: 18/12/2019

Decision due: January 2020 by Cabinet Member for Adults and Health

Lead member: Councillor Amanda Jupp

Contact: Moira Jones, Contract Officer Email: Tel: 033 022 28694.

Consultation process

Representations concerning this proposed decision can be made to the Cabinet Member for Adults and Health via the officer contact, by the beginning of the month in which the decision is due to be taken.  


Democratic Services Contact: Erica Keegan Tel: 0330 022 26050

Background3: A Strong, Safe and Sustainable Place


Background papers

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