Residential Rehabilitation Rapid Capacity Programme: guidance

Guidance on applying for projects to increase residential rehabilitation capacity.

Strategic context for RRRCP

The First Minister made a statement to parliament on 20 January 2021 which set out a National Mission to reduce drug related deaths. Increasing access to residential rehabilitation is one of the key priorities of the National Mission. This is backed by £100 million of the additional £250 million funding announced to support further investment in - and expansion of - residential rehabilitation and associated aftercare over the next five years.

Recovery Fund- worth £5 million per year for five years- is part of the overall investment in Residential Rehabilitation. This is one of the four National Mission funds, more information on the purposes of each of the funds is available.

The National Mission Funds will be available for 2021/22 and the next four years. Therefore the RRRCP allows for multi-year project delivery where appropriate in project proposals, recognising that some projects will take time to get up and running.

This is a programme focused a rapid increase in capacity of residential rehabilitation services. The funding for establishing new services in subsequent years will be in line with recommendations from the RRDWG and subject to the consideration of regional and or national approaches.

The RRRCP complements the £13.5 million funding uplift being given to Alcohol and Drug Partnerships- £5 million of which is to be spent on increasing access to residential rehab. This is in line with the recommendation from the Residential Rehab Working Group that ‘ADPs should ensure residential treatment is available as an option for people who require this intervention in their local area and monitor demand and access’.

Projects supported by the RRRCP will reflect these following strategic areas of priority and core principles but most importantly will deliver on the National Mission Outcomes Framework:

RRRCP priorities


The priorities and focuses of the RRRCP have been informed by the Residential Rehabilitation Development Working Group and research undertaken by the Scottish Government.

According to a recent Scottish Government capacity mapping report (Feb 2021), the total estimated number of beds available in Scotland, for the treatment of alcohol and drug addiction is 418.

In the survey, Residential rehabilitation providers spoke of the need to secure funding for more significant renovation and or building work to make additional space for residents. They also said that funding was necessary to secure a new building and staffing resource as well as new community resources and facilities that specifically meet the needs of women and women who require childcare facilities. Surveys also found that access across Scotland is not even.

The following priorities have been identified for the first funding cycle which will run from July-November 2021:

  1. Improving provision of residential rehab for women and children - there are currently limited options available for women and only one service allowed women with children to stay with their children during the duration of the programme.
  2. Improving equity of access across Scotland - discrepancies of provision in local areas create an uneven playing field and elements of a “postcode lottery”. Applications which address this inequity by taking a regional or national approach will be considered favourably.
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