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Treatment Programmes

Volume 496: debated on Wednesday 9 September 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prisoners entered (a) detoxification, (b) maintenance, (c) 12 step, (d) cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT), (e) shorter duration CBT and (f) therapeutic community treatment programmes in (i) 2007-08 and (ii) 2008-09; and at what cost for each type of programme in each year. (288087)

The table provides figures for prisoners recorded as entering drug treatment in 2007-08 and 2008-09.

Intervention starts1, 2

Intervention type



Clinical Treatment (detoxification or maintenance prescribing)3






Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)4



Short Duration Programmes



Therapeutic Communities



1 These figures have been drawn from administrative data systems. Although care is taken when processing and analysing the returns, the detail collected is subject to the inaccuracies inherent in any large scale recording system.

2 Rounded to nearest 10.

3 Figures for detoxification and maintenance are not disaggregated.

4 Figures include starts on Action on Drugs for 2007/08—(programme now discontinued)—FOCUS, P-ASRO and STOP.

The Integrated Drug Treatment System (IDTS) is bringing improvements to the quality and volume of drug treatment in prisons. IDTS allows a closer integration of clinical and psychosocial drug treatment services in order to ensure that the interventions delivered are more closely matched to the individual needs of prisoners, dependent upon the stage of their treatment they are at.

The 2008-09 Key Performance Target for drug treatment programmes focused on completions rather than starts. Across prisons and the community there were 15,434 accredited drug programme and Drug Rehabilitation Requirement (DRR) completions—exceeding the target of 12,919.

Most expenditure on accredited drug treatment programmes comes from prison service general funding. It is currently not possible to accurately disaggregate these costs. However, NOMS is undertaking a specifications, benchmarking and costings exercise which will provide more detailed information on the costs of interventions delivered in prisons.