COMMERCIAL: Kent has backed a new drug and alcohol treatment model to stop addiction and re-offending.

The Rehabilitation for Addicted Prisoners trust (RAPt) will help combat drug and alcohol addiction across Kent prisons after securing a county-wide contract.

Kent Drug and Alcohol Action Team has contracted RAPt to expand its services in the county to provide a comprehensive Kent and Medway Prison Substance Misuse Service, following an extensive consultation earlier in the year and a competitive tendering process.

RAPt will run new integrated drug and alcohol services, including a range of targeted treatment programmes in partnership with Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust, in seven male and one female prisons, and one immigration removal centre in Kent.

KDAAT commissioning and development manager Jo Tonkin said: “We are pleased to be awarding this new contract for the Kent and Medway Prison Substance Misuse Service to RAPt. We look forward to working with RAPt to continue to improve substance misuse services within Kent and Medway Prisons.”