The information is not available in the form requested. It is not possible to differentiate between resources allocated and prisoners participating in programmes for drugs or alcohol misuse. The Prison Service has contracts with three community voluntary support groups to provide counselling services to prisoners who have abused substances.
Information about the financial support given to the groups is only available for the past five years as follows:
|2006-07 to February||386|
The number of prisoners facilitated is as follows:
|2006-07 to February||466|
The NT Prison Service also has a policy of continuing community substitution programmes when a prisoner is committed to prison; this has been in place since September 2004. This aspect cannot be accurately costed as much depends on the drug and dosage used and the length of time that the individual is kept on the programme—some will still be on it when discharged. The number of prisoners involved is as follows:
|2007 to February||5|
In addition, the Prison Service has a detailed detoxification protocol which sets out recommendations for treatment and support to prisoners who allege that they are addicted to drugs or alcohol but who are not participating in a community substitution programme. It is not possible to put a cost against such treatments or identify the number of prisoners treated.