WY-FI Project

West Yorkshire – Finding Independence | Supporting people with multiple needs

Addiction & substance misuse

wy-fi-alone-rgb-200dpi-hi-resUnderstanding the whole person

Revolving Doors Agency

This new report highlights common themes in research into recovery from mental illness, recovery from substance misuse, and desistance from crime, based on the literature in three different disciplinary fields. Because many people experience multiple and complex needs, it is important to understand the cross-cutting themes as well as the distinctive areas. This review finds important lessons for policy and service delivery. Published November 2015 Read more

wy-fi-alone-rgb-200dpi-hi-resThe impact of addiction and obesity on employment

WY-FI’s response to the DWP independent review

WY-FI submitted a response to the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP)  independent review into the impact on employment outcomes of drug and alcohol addiction, and obesity. Our response comprised contributions from Experts by Experience, Peer Mentors, staff and partner organisations. It set out evidence on what supports people with drug and alcohol problems to find and stay into employment. The review is a timely opportunity to assess the quality of employment-related support for people with substance misuse problems. The evidence suggests that adding mandatory requirements would not be helpful to individuals or to the government. Instead, there is a range of other ways in which the support that people receive could become more effective. Published September 2015 Read more


web-public-health-england-1024x718No health without justice, no justice without health

Public Health England Health & Justice Report 2014

The report details recent changes in the health and justice system, and discusses the public health needs of people in prisons and other prescribed places of detention. It shows that this group experience a number of health inequalities, including suffering a higher proportion of mental health and substance misuse problems than the general public. It argues that improving health in prisons can help deal with entrenched inequalities, ultimately benefiting the health of the communities to which prisoners return, while tackling substance misuse problems in prisons also helps to reduce re-offending rates. Published June 2015. Read more

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