A new low-medical withdrawal unit for people with methamphetamine and other drug issues will open in the first quarter of next year with $1.7 million allocated by the McGowan Government to Cyrenian House to operate the service.
The Midland Intervention Centre was established in response to the Methamphetamine Action Plan Taskforce Report.
It will provide a short-term, community based, critical response for those experiencing a period of instability due to their alcohol and other drug (AOD) use.
The low-medical withdrawal service will incorporate fast-tracked planned access, an extended length of stay to assist in the stabilisation of mood and behavioural issues, assertive engagement and follow up, and family support for people with methamphetamine and other drug issues.
The six-bed facility is expected to support up to 117 people per year to withdraw from drug and alcohol issues and facilitate referral into treatment and additional support options, so they can go on to live fulfilling and healthy lives within our community.
Cyrenian House, which has been operating as a specialist alcohol and other drug treatment and support service since 1981, will be the operator of the new service
They are one of more than a hundred service providers that deliver alcohol, other drug or mental heath services to Western Australians, which are funded by the WA Government.
For free help, call the Alcohol and Drug Support Line on 08 9442 5000 or 1800 198 024 (Country), or find your local Community Alcohol and Drug Service via https://www.myservices.org.au
As stated by Mental Health Minister Roger Cook:
“We are all aware of the devastating effects methamphetamine can have on individuals, families and the broader community.
This is a critical service that will help support people and families, who are experiencing a crisis related to their AOD use, and are at a point in their life where they are ready for withdrawal services and support.
This service comes on the back of the Methamphetamine Action Plan Taskforce Report – it will help people in crisis and complement other projects underway to support people with mental health, alcohol and other drug issues, including Safe Haven Cafes and Mental Health Observation Areas.”