The Welsh Government’s strategy for substance misuse, ‘Working Together to Reduce Harm’ (2008-18) advocated strongly that CSP’s and other agencies involved in tackling and reducing the harms associated with substance misuse should do more to plan treatment services and to pool resources at a regional level, where appropriate.
The APB structure was, therefore, established to support delivery at a regional (Local Health Board) level. The membership of the APB includes representatives from all of the responsible authorities that comprise CSP’s, to enable statutory responsibilities in respect to substance misuse to be discharged at a regional level.
In line with the Welsh Government’s wider collaboration agenda, combining resources for the development and management of substance misuse services across CSP areas provides opportunities for strengthening service planning, commissioning, delivery and performance management, whilst also achieving efficiencies. The regional approach should also help to relieve some of the burden at the individual CSP level and enable experience and expertise to be shared more effectively.