Explaining more about the Blanchardstown Local Drug & Alcohol Task Force
How did the Blanchardstown Local Drug & Alcohol Task Force come into being?
In 1997 the Rabbitte Report was commissioned by the Govt to look at the issue of drug misuse in Ireland. It recommended the establishment in 1999 of special local drugs task forces in 13 areas of Dublin and 1 in Cork City. Two years later 10 Regional Task Forces were established to cover the rest of the country.
How do Drugs Task Forces work?
The National Co-ordinating Committee for Drug and Alcohol Task Forces guides the work of the task forces and drives the implementation of the National Drugs Strategy 2009–16 at the local level. Its membership is also comprised of representatives from all sectors and bodies involved in delivering the National Drugs Strategy.
Local and regional drugs and alcohol task forces are responsible for implementing the National Drugs Strategy in the context of the needs identified at the regional/local level. Fourteen local drugs task forces are located in areas with significant drug problems. These task forces: (i) support and strengthen community-based responses to drug misuse through drawing up and implementing a local drug and alcohol strategy; (ii) identify and report on emerging issues and local responses; (iii) monitor, evaluate and assess the impact of funded projects and their continuing relevance to the local task force strategy; and (iv) recommend changes to the central funding allocations as deemed necessary. Each local drugs and alcohol task force has a chairperson and a coordinator. There are 10 regional drugs and alcohol task forces throughout Ireland, which have the same terms of reference as the local task forces.
Who is represented on Drug Task Forces?
Each Drug Task Force differs slightly but all have a basic complement of representatives of Statutory services such as HSE, Gardaí and Co. Council; Voluntary services representatives from projects and services located in the local area; Community representatives elected to represent parts of the Task Force catchment area; and elected Councillors and TDs for the relevant constituency. There may also be representatives of communities of special interest such as Travellers and Service Users.
All of the above are represented on the BLDATF
Who funds the BLDATF?
The BLDATF is funded by the Dept of Health and the funding is administered by the HSE, Dept of Justice and in some cases, other public bodies such as CDYSB. In the BLDATF area, the funding is administered by the HSE and Fingal Council.
What is the funding spent on?
The BLDATF currently has 15 funded actions covering a range of Prevention, Education, Treatment, Rehabilitation and Research responses to the local problems of drugs and alcohol misuse.
We provide counselling, case management, outreach, family support, education and youth work interventions. We also support crime reduction measures in the D15 area. If you feel you could benefit from one of these services contact us to learn more.
How is this decided?
The task force makes a local drugs strategy based upon the National Drugs Strategy and the task force’s knowledge of the issues which are most pressing in the local area. This is why local representation is so important. We also spend considerable resources researching the issues of the area.
What areas are served by the Task Force services?
The BLDATF was originally established to serve the areas of Mulhuddart/Corduff, Mountview/Blakestown and Hartstown/Huntstown. However we recognise that drug & alcohol problems know no boundaries and that travel can be difficult for people so all our services will endeavour to help anyone who presents to them from the Dublin 15 area. If you are in doubt you should call us at 01-824 9590 and we can assist you.
Where can I find out more?
We publish an Annual Report on our activities on this website and also at the Charities Regulatory Authority http://www.charitiesregulatoryauthority.ie/
You can also read more at http://health.gov.ie/healthy-ireland/national-drugs-strategy/local-and-regional-drugs-task-forces/