The Blue Light project in detail

We will help you develop targeted interventions that will significantly reduce the costs of high impact drinkers to public services.

The key elements of local transformation in adopting the Blue Light approach are:

  • Building strategic ownership of the need to tackle the client group
  • Training of specialist and non-alcohol specialist staff in the Blue Light approach
  • Developing a multi-agency operational group to ensure a joint identification and ownership of the highest impact clients
  • Developing assertive outreach approaches by designing and evaluating services
  • Improving the response of local alcohol services through staff training and pathway development

Blue Light develops responses that require minimal investment by:

  • Using existing resources more effectively
  • Bringing organisations together and refocusing what they do
  • Building bridges with partners including police, housing and social care

Return on investment

In Lincolnshire, after five months of operation there has been a 67% reduction in police incidents relating to the targeted Blue Light clients.

In the Sandwell multi-agency group:

  • 44% of clients have successfully completed a course of treatment with community alcohol services or are currently accessing community alcohol support services with some degree of sustained engagement
  • all other individuals are subject to a range of on-going harm reduction and engagement approaches

In one year, the Sandwell multi-agency group reduced the costs of these clients by £150,000, a return on investment of 450%.

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