November 2013– LAUNCH DETAILS FOR NE-RDTF’s IMPLEMENTATION PLAN OF THE NATIONAL SUBSTANCE MISUSE STRATEGY IN THE NORTH EASTERN REGION 2013-2016 (LOUTH, MEATH, CAVAN, MONAGHAN)
DATE: 19th November 2013
TIME: 12.15pm to 1.15pm
LOCATION: Regional Educational Centre, St. Brigids Complex, Ardee, Co. Louth
ALL WELCOME – To include, Task Force Board Members, Prevention & Education sub group members, Treatment & Rehabilitation sub group members and the Strategy Implementation Group, collaborative agencies, partnership agencies, etc.
A copy of the Implementation Plan and associated recommended actions will be available at the launch or alternatively there is a copy of the plan available here
A message from Jim Mullery, Chairperson of the North Eastern Regional Drugs Task Force;
The decision of the members of the North Eastern Regional Drug Task Force to begin their strategic planning process in the autumn of 2011 was timely given the changing policy environment in which we operate. Having spent the previous few years focusing on developing community-based addiction support services in those areas most impacted by substance misuse, the members viewed this to be the right time to take stock of these services and our collective work in implementing the national drugs strategy. With advent of the new national substance misuse strategy and the review of the drug task force structures themselves, this eighteen month process gave us the opportunity to renew the commitment of the all strategic partners to the collective work of the drug task force, and refocus on the continuing need for cooperation from all services and stakeholders to meet the demands placed on us by people struggling with their substance misuse.
The wide ranging consultation process with task force members, key stakeholders, service providers and the service users themselves enabled us to revisit the needs of the north east region, the role of members from the community, voluntary and statutory partners, as well as operations of the task force as a whole. The crucial and on-going work of the addiction support services and key agencies at the task force table has to be acknowledged; but as a publicly funded entity we also needed to be able to demonstrate that we are using our financial resources as effectively as possible to meet the established needs of the region.
Our sincere thanks go to all the members of the strategic planning group who gave so willingly of their time and expertise; our thanks also go to their respective agencies who continued to support the work of the drug task force by allowing them to attend the many meetings around the region. None of this would have been possible without them. Our thanks also go to the staff team at the drug task force office for their support of the process throughout, and in particular to Lisa Gavillet whose vision and drive kept the work going through the more testing times.
As the independent chairperson of the North Eastern Regional Drug Task Force I’m especially pleased to be able to sign off on this regional strategic plan which will direct our activities over the four year period. This body of work will enable all associated with the task force to re-focus on the tasks face all of us as we strive to deliver on the national strategy and meet the regional needs here in Cavan, Monaghan, Meath & Louth.