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‘All this is about is money and making sure that heads are on beds. ’ Perceptions of Payment by Results in a Therapeutic Community

Gosling, HJ (2016) ‘All this is about is money and making sure that heads are on beds. ’ Perceptions of Payment by Results in a Therapeutic Community. Probation Journal: the journal of community and criminal justice, 63 (2). pp. 144-152. ISSN 1741-3079

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Abstract

The aim of this paper is to critically reflect upon some of the practical difficulties which surround the implementation of an outcome-focused payment initiative, colloquially referred to as Payment by Results (PbR), in a drug and alcohol service situated in the North of England. Drawing upon the findings of a longitudinal study in a residential rehabilitation service, the discussion illustrates some of the tensions and dilemmas which surround the introduction of increasingly business-orientated decisions within a person-centered environment that is designed to work alongside some of societies most troubled and troublesome individuals. To conclude, the article suggests that financially-driven processes (such as PbR) commodify the rehabilitative ideal, making service users and practitioners alike increasingly accountable to a counterintuitive fiscal endeavor.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1602 Criminology
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
Divisions: School of Law
Publisher: SAGE Publications (UK and US)
Date Deposited: 09 Mar 2016 13:21
Last Modified: 15 Feb 2017 10:48
DOI or Identification number: 10.1177/0264550516637241
URI: http://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/3124

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