Journal article

Development of a resource allocation formula for substance misuse treatment services

Andrew Jones, Karen P Hayhurst, Will Whittaker, Thomas Mason, Matt Sutton

Journal of Public Health | Oxford University Press (OUP) | Published : 2018


Abstract Background Funding for substance misuse services comprises one-third of Public Health spend in England. The current allocation formula contains adjustments for actual activity, performance and need, proxied by the Standardized Mortality Ratio for under-75s (SMR < 75). Additional measures, such as deprivation, may better identify differential service need. Methods We developed an age-standardized and an age-stratified model (over-18s, under-18s), with the outcome of expected/actual cost at postal sector/Local Authority level. A third, person-based model incorporated predictors of costs at the individual level. Each model incorporated both needs and supply variables, with the relativ..

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Funding Acknowledgements

This work was supported by the UK Department of Health (DH) Policy Research Programme (now NIHR Policy Research Programme: grant number 085/0010). The views expressed are the sole responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent those of the UK DH Technical Advisory Group (TAG), the DH Advisory Committee on Resource Allocation (ACRA) or the Department of Health.