Spectrum join Changing Lives as new providers for York Drug & Alcohol service

Spectrum Community Health will join national charity Changing Lives as the new providers of drug and alcohol services in York from 1 June.

Spectrum and Changing Lives are already working in partnership on substance misuse services in North Yorkshire and will now take over drug and alcohol services in York, commissioned by the City of York Council.

Dr. Linda Harris, Chief Executive at Spectrum Community Health CIC, said: “We are delighted to be working with an established partner, Changing Lives, with whom we have shared values focused on service users and staff. It’s an exciting prospect to be working with the Council’s vision for drugs and alcohol recovery, which will benefit service users.”

Changing Lives is a national charity specialising in services for vulnerable and socially excluded people. A spokesperson from Changing Lives said:

“We’re delighted to have secured the contract for drug and alcohol services in York.

“Our partnership comprises an established network of professionals and practitioners who are specialists in clinical and psycho-social interventions for people who wish to address their relationship with drugs or alcohol.  The number one priority for City of York Council, Changing Lives and Spectrum, is to ensure that the people who use this service do not experience any disruption to care or treatment.”

Service users will receive a letter from City of York Council this week to explain the change in provider in more detail – contact details for the service will remain the same.