Judge awards seized money from local crime to support Rapt, CRI

Have been awarded over £1,500 each.

 

PRESS RELEASE, 11 August 2014

RAPt (The Rehabilitation for Addicted Prisoners Trust) and CRI have been awarded over £1,500 each after money seized by Humberside Police as part of a Hull drug related criminal investigation in 2013, was instructed to be donated to local drug treatment charities by the judge overseeing the case. The funds will be used by both organisations to help people in Hull who are recovering from alcohol and drug problems

On 6 September 2013, 49-year-old David Leylan Hogg appeared at Hull Crown Court for possession of cannabis with intent to supply and was sentenced to 42 months imprisonment. As part of the sentence the Judge also awarded the £3,147 which was held under cash seizure proceedings should be given to local drugs charities.

The funds will be used by both organisations to help people in Hull who are recovering from alcohol and drug problems to purchase items and services that are needed to progress their ongoing recovery.

At RAPt, the funding will go directly to their ‘Graduate Support Fund’ while CRI will be directing the money to  their ‘Recovery Fund’ at their Drug Intervention Programme (DIP) facility in Hull. Each of the programmes are aimed at people who have graduated from substance misuse programmes and are based in and around Hull. Both funds were put in place to help remove some of the barriers that people may face on their path to recovery. To regulate distribution of the money, service users will be provided with eligibility criteria and asked to provide information on how the money will assist them in their recovery.  Types of assistance typically provided by both funds include payment for educational courses, equipment for vocational training schemes and security deposits for housing.

CRI and RAPt have worked together to assist service users on their road to recovery since early 2011 and have just been awarded the Criminal Justice Substance misuse contract for Hull. The contract will see a new end to end service, with clear and simple pathways that offer a comprehensive range of interventions and structured programmes (including 12 Step and CBT abstinence based options) to support existing and future service users to achieve and sustain long term recovery.

Douglas Dunsmore-Dawson, Regional Manager for RAPt in Yorkshire & Humber said: “We are thrilled to have been donated this money and to be working in partnership with CRI to assist people in getting their lives back on track. CRI and RAPt have an excellent track record of working together in Hull to produce quality recovery outcomes, especially with the creation of strong links between the CRI led Drug Intervention Programme and RAPt’s residential rehabilitation unit The Bridges. I am very excited with Hull City Council’s contract award announcement on the future delivery of drug and alcohol treatment services within criminal justice and the prospect of doing so much more to create recovery outcomes.”

Chloe Whittall, Service Manager for Hull Drug Intervention Programme at CRI said: “This fund gives us a fantastic opportunity to respond to the needs of service users who have already taken positive steps to change their lives.  Some of the ways this funding has been used in the past include buying a bicycle for a service user to get into work, or paying for ID so that they can register for housing.  It helps remove barriers and provide opportunities that make a real difference to individuals and their families.”

Detective Chief Inspector Dave Houchin from Humberside Police said: “Drug dealers make large sums of money with scant regard for the misery they cause. Most of us work hard, pay our taxes and contribute to society and ordering bad money to be used for good in this way really hits the criminals where it hurts and goes some way to redress the balance. The link between drug use and criminality is well known. Treatment agencies are instrumental in our partnership approach to reducing crime in the long term and this money helps them in that process.”

 

More about RAPT:

The Bridges was established in 2004 and is a residential tier 4 treatment centre run by RAPt, one of the country’s leading substance misuse treatment providers for clients within the criminal justice system. For more information on RAPt, please visit www.rapt.org.uk.

Clients can enter The Bridges from a number of routes; directly from prison via referral from Drug and Alcohol Teams, from the community via referral from DIP teams and other community drug agencies and as part of a court-ordered DRR (Drug Rehabilitation Requirement).

The programme is a full-time, structured residential programme consisting of both group and individual interventions divided into two distinct phases. The programme is based around the 12-Step model of recovery which promotes recovery based abstinence from all mood-altering chemicals. The programme also incorporates elements of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) and Motivational Interviewing (MI).

The Bridges is CQC (Care Quality Commission) registered and is operated by a multi-disciplinary team of fully-trained staff. This does not include medical staff or mental health professionals, therefore detoxification services are not provided. Clients with a dual-diagnosis will need to undergo further assessment prior to a placement being offered.

The Bridges has an established joint-working protocol with Humberside Probation Trust and is an ideal approved address for clients being released on HDC (Home Detention Curfew). The Bridges also has links with Hull City Council Housing and other external support agencies to provide a holistic approach to treatment planning that takes into account the full range of each individual client’s needs.

Personal story case studies of RAPt ‘graduates’ who did two or more prison sentences before accessing RAPt and starting a drug and crime free life, are available on request

 

RAPt/University of Western Carolina study details:

Top line findings and sample details – comparison of the reoffending rates of the RAPt group and the comparison group

Table 1: Proportion of clients in each group that reconvicted since release

Group % Reoffended since release % Not reoffended since release n.
RAPt completers 31% 69% 352
Comparison 49% 51% 232
RAPt non-completers 48% 52% 355
Total 42% 58% 939

 

Sample information:

The RAPt Group consists of 352 males who graduated from the RAPt programme in prison. The Comparison Group consists of 232 male clients who were assessed as substance dependent in prison but engaged with another lower intensity programme. The RAPt non-completers group consisted of 355 males who engaged with but did not complete the RAPt programme in prison. Each participant in the three groups must have been released from prison between November 2004 and March 2010 for a minimum of 1-year to be eligible for inclusion in this study and an additional six month period was allowed to ensure that the Police National Computer (PNC) had been updated with their relevant information.

Drug use and offending

The analysis controlled for main substance(s) of choice, ethnic background, and length of sentence, age and main index offence (offence they were serving their sentence for when they engaged with either intervention). The mean age of the sample was 31 years (range 21-62). The most common primary drugs of choice among the sample were heroin/opiates (46%) and crack cocaine (22%). The most common index offence was for acquisitive/theft offences (40%) followed by offences against the person (including sexual offences) (23%), then drug-related offences (21%). The remaining offences were categorized as ‘other’ (16%).

 

For further information contact: Claire Wild (020 7820 6735 or claire.wild@rapt.org.uk), Amy Williams (020 7820 6736 or amy.williams@rapt.org.uk).

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RAPt (the Rehabilitation for Addicted Prisoners Trust) works to help people with drug and alcohol dependence, both in prison and in the community, move towards, achieve and maintain positive and fulfilling drug-free and crime-free lives.

 

More about CRI:

For more information, please contact Talia Cohen on 44 (0) 20 7284 6957 or tcohen@theproffice.com

CRI is a health and social care charity working with individuals, families and communities across England and Wales that are affected by drugs, alcohol, crime, homelessness, domestic abuse, and antisocial behaviour. Its projects, delivered in communities and prisons, encourage and empower people to regain control of their lives and motivate them to tackle their problems.

To find out more about CRI, visit www.cri.org.uk

CRI’s Impact

–        Every day CRI is working with 53,500 people across England and Wales.

–        CRI prescribes opiate substitute medication to 15,000 people per day and provides psychosocial treatment for a further 17,000. All services are aimed at recovery and rehabilitation rather than maintenance.

–        67% of offenders who entered drug treatment with CRI were no longer offending after 12 weeks.

–        88% of offenders who completed CRI treatment ceased offending.

–        Re-arrest rates for CRI criminal justice clients are one-third lower than national averages for similar services.

–        CRI substance misuse services are 25% more successful than national average.

–        Last year CRI was involved with 25% of all people who entered drug treatment in England.

–        Services taken over by CRI in the last two to four years are 33% more effective than transfer.

–        CRI clients are 20% more likely to sustain recovery for 12 months than the average.

–        75% of young people who enter treatment with CRI stop using all drugs.

–        CRI volunteers contribute 250,000 hours of work a year.