The Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions represents the governmental, professional and employer-related interests of Sweden's 290 municipalities, 18 county councils and two regions (Västra Götaland and Skåne).
The Association strives to promote and strengthen local self-government and the development of regional and local democracy. The operations of the Association are financed by the fees paid annually by members according to their tax base.
Knowledge to Practice - SALAR’s work in the field of substance abuse and addiction care
In April 2008 SALAR entered into an agreement with the government on support for the implementation of the national guidelines for the care of those suffering from substance abuse and addiction.
The central idea in the agreement is that the local authorities and country councils will assume a joint responsibility for development. SALAR under takes to uphold the know-how and expertise that exists locally and regionally and to build up a long-term structure for knowledge acquisition and development.
This entails, in collaboration with the principals at the county level, building up to a structure for professional support to local authorities and country councils and developing structure for collaboration between local authorities, country councils, local R&D bodies and universities and colleges.
The development work is conducted under the name “Knowledge to Practice”.