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St Helen's The Annex Initiative

Date: 01 May 2006

Area where based: St Helen's, Merseyside

Outline of Project:

Since May 2006 St Helens has housed all Criminal Justice Intervention teams for substance misuse under one roof. This has provided a ‘one stop shop’ for offenders who misuse substances.

Agencies/services based at The Annex are:

• Probation
• Police
• Drug Interventions Programme
• DRR provision
• The PPO Team
• Drug treatment providers

Clients attending The Annex can also attend education/employment sessions, based skills sessions, personal development groups, drugs and the law group work and group work for stimulant users.

The aim is to benefit the client as they no longer have to attend various sites/agencies to have their needs met and the number of assessments are reduced. The St Helens partnership has benefited from getting a more holistic understanding of client need through multi-agency working. This more comprehensive understanding allows the partnership to allocate resources more efficiently.

Aims and Objectives:

The aim was to provide a ‘one stop shop’ for offenders with substance misuse issues to get the support they need.

Outcomes/Evaluation:

All offender management is monitored/reviewed at regular Offender Management Group meetings. These meetings have representation from the DIP team, the Magistrates court, Police, Probation Service,

The Annex initiative has helped the St Helens partnership to develop a greater understanding of client need and allows them to allocate resources more effectively.

Date Added: 09 Jun 2010

Contact Details:

0174 461 5271
0174 461 5278
http://www.merseysideprobationtrust.org/contact_us.html

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