|Trying to develop an integrated solution|
Every Drug Strategy since John Major’s government has acknowledged that tackling drug dependence in isolation – without engaging with mental ill health, homelessness, offending and lack of employment – is at best a job half done and has the potential to completely undermine the effectiveness of treatment.In May 2017, MEAM is bringing together practitioners from its 4 sectors to hold a summit over 2 days, to identify how we can collectively organise to better deliver integrated services, which make a real difference and gain political traction for multiple disadvantage. The event is called a “summit” to reflect MEAM’s commitment to grassroots experience & expertise. Consistent with this there will be opportunity for participants to shape the programme. 50 spaces have been set aside for the substance misuse sector to ensure that our perspective is fully reflected at the event, and in its outcomes.