“We can provide information and guidance around drug and alcohol related issues and link people or organisations to sources of help and support”

There are five Drug and Alcohol Coordination Teams (DACTs) in existence across Northern Ireland – one per Health and Social Care Trust area i.e. Belfast, Northern, South Eastern, Southern and Western.

The DACTs are multi-agency partnerships comprising all of the key agencies (statutory and community & voluntary) with an interest in, or remit for, addressing drug and alcohol related issues and concerns in the local area.

The work of the DACTS is supported by the Public Health Agency (PHA) whose local lead for drugs and alcohol helps to facilitate the work of the Team.

The aim of the DACT is to promote and support a more coordinated approach to addressing alcohol and drug-related issues across the HSCT area.

At a strategic level the work of the DACT is primarily informed by the Department for Health, Social Services and Public Safety’s (DHSSPSNI) New Strategic Direction on Alcohol and Drugs: Phase 2 and the PHA & Health and Social Care Board’s Alcohol and Drug Commissioning Framework for NI.

At a more local level, by ensuring that Team Members are representative (at a senior level) of the key agencies or sectors (i.e. health, justice, housing, education, community, service providers, service users, etc.) with a responsibility for, and experience of, addressing alcohol and drug issues the DACT then works to define local needs, priorities and actions.

Communicating Regularly and Consistently

All five DACTs across the region are working closely with the PHA to develop a regional alcohol and drug communications plan in order to develop a more considered, consistent, positive and proactive approach to media reporting of alcohol and drug issues.

 

Related Downloads

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To access the latest update report on the ‘NSDAD Phase 2’

 

 

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To access the ‘PHA & Health and Social Care Board’s Alcohol and Drug Commissioning Framework Consultation’ document click here

 

 

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To access the ‘PHA & Health and Social Care Board’s Response to the Consultation’ document click here