A groundbreaking Hertfordshire scheme which aims to support adults with drug or alcohol problems, mental health issues, a history of criminal or anti-social behaviour or other needs to improve their lives, has narrowly missed out on a prestigious award.
Hertfordshire Public Services, a joint partnership which includes Hertsmere Borough Council, Three Rivers District Council, Hertfordshire County Council, Hertfordshire Police and Crime Commissioner and Herts Valleys Clinical Commissioning Group, was shortlisted for a Local Government Chronicle (LGC) Health and Social award for its Adults with Complex Needs – You Can programme. The two-year pilot lost out on the award to Rochdale Borough Council at the LGC 2017 Awards ceremony at Grosvenor House in London last week.
The programme, which is being delivered by multiple needs specialists Resolving Chaos and South London and Maudsley NHS Trust, has been running since the beginning of last year, is currently working with 40 individuals, who have been referred through their GP or other agencies. They are receiving intensive one-to-one support and guidance to help them make positive lifestyle choices and change their behaviour in order to improve outcomes and reduce the burden on public resources.
Initial scoping work for the project revealed 20 individuals in Hertfordshire had cost public services nearly £1.5 million over two years.
Councillor Morris Bright, Leader of Hertsmere Borough Council, said: “Well done to everyone involved in this project for this nomination. Our officers have worked hard with key partners and the Resolving Chaos team to get this pilot up and running.
“It is still very much in its early stages, but the results so far have been encouraging. We have a number of examples where someone has engaged with the scheme and that has led to them making a positive life choice.
“We’re hoping that this pilot will eventually show that this kind of intensive, preventative support can amount to real change for individuals who otherwise are stuck in the system and represent a significant financial burden to public services.”
Other partners involved in the You Can project are Affinity Sutton housing provider; Aldwyck Housing Association; Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust; Job Centre Plus Hertfordshire; MIND Hertfordshire Network; Thrive; Watford Community Housing Trust and West Hertfordshire Hospitals Trust.
Posted on Tuesday 14th March 2017