Manchester City Council

Social care & support RISE Manchester

Update June 2012

The Council's Drug & Alcohol Strategy Team (DAST) works on behalf of the public agencies that commission (or buy) many of Manchester's drug and alcohol services. Much of our work concerns the contracts with the organisations that provide these services.

In March, following three years' of planning, consultation and tendering we announced the names of the three organisations that have been contracted to deliver a new drug treatment system for Manchester.

What's been happening since March?
The DAST has been working with the new providers ADS (Addiction Dependency Solutions), CRI (Crime Reduction Initiatives) and Lifeline, and in collaboration with current service providers to manage the transition to the new drug treatment system. This has involved looking at changes to staffing and working with providers to identify suitable premises from which to operate. We have also been developing our approach to communications and information sharing. In May and June we developed and delivered two training events for GPs and Pharmacists.

What will happen next?
Current drug treatment providers will operate as normal until the end of June. From Monday 2nd July the new-look treatment system will come into place.

An Intake Service, delivered by ADS will offer an easily accessible engagement and assessment service for adults and enable them to access appropriate recovery-focused treatment and support.

A Clinical Service, managed by CRI will provide an integrated treatment service for adults enabling them to stabilise and reduce their drug use, facilitate recovery and promote abstinence.

The Recovery Service provided by Lifeline, will deliver interventions to enable adults to become drug free and/or recover from their addiction to drugs.  This will include promoting and supporting reintegration (housing and employment).

There will be certain changes as we develop and improve drug treatment for people in Manchester, and we will ensure a continuity of care and service to current service users across the city. If you are in treatment there will no drastic changes in the way it is delivered from July. You will be informed if there is any change to your current arrangements e.g. if you'll need to collect your script from a different place or if the address of a needle exchange has changed.

How do I find out more?
There are various ways to find out more about Manchester's new drug treatment system:

  • Check this website for regular updates
  • Refer to the FAQs document.
  • Look out for information that will be made available at GP surgeries, pharmacies and community venues from early July. 

A number of road-shows have been organised for early June. These will give current service users the chance to meet with new service providers and find out more about how the changes to drug treatment in Manchester will affect them.

Wednesday 6th June, 10am - 4.30pm (Time TBC)
Manchester ADS
29a Ardwick Green North, Manchester, M12 6FZ

Thursday 7th June, 1 - 4.30pm
MDS, The Bridge,
104 Fairfield Street, Manchester, M1 2WR

Monday 11th June, 2.15 - 3.30pm (Carers' event)
Manchester Carers Forum,
London Scottish House, 24 Mount Street, Manchester, M2 3NN

Monday 11th June, 12 - 1.30pm
MDS North Manchester (formerly The Waterloo Project)
Brentfield Avenue, Off Waterloo Road, Cheetham, M8 0TW

Tuesday 12th June, 1 - 2.00pm 
New Start Trust, Alpha House
Wythenshawe, M22 5RG

If you have any questions, please email

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