- 19 new beds to treat drug and alcohol dependency to open in the South-West
- A further 15 specialist treatment beds expected to be operational by March
- Election commitment fast-tracked to deliver services earlier than expected
The Minister for Mental Health visited the Palmerston Association in Brunswick Junction today to announce the organisation has been awarded a tender and funding of $1,104,580 per annum to operate 19 new beds for alcohol and drug rehabilitation from January 1, 2019.
The announcement means the McGowan Government is on track to deliver early on its election commitment to provide 33 new residential rehabilitation and withdrawal beds in the South-West region.
Negotiations are continuing with another service provider to purchase an additional 12 residential rehabilitation beds and three withdrawal beds. It is anticipated these beds will become operational by March 2019, bringing the total number of extra beds to 34.
Methamphetamine use is highest in regional Western Australia, and the recently released Methamphetamine Action Plan Taskforce report highlighted a need to prioritise funding of alcohol and other drug treatment services to address immediate and unmet demand.
In the 2018-19 Budget, the State Government fast-tracked the delivery of specialist alcohol and drug rehab services through an improved service delivery approach. This has enabled the additional treatment beds to be made available two years earlier than previously promised with the shift from a capital build also allowing greater flexibility.
As we create greater awareness and reduce stigma, more people are seeking treatment. It is essential that when people seek help, the right services are available close to individuals’ home and personal supports.
For free help, call the Alcohol and Drug Support Line – (08) 9442 5000 or 1800 198 024 (Country), or visit your closest Community Alcohol and Drug Service.
As noted by Mental Health Minister Roger Cook:
“These new residential beds will provide vital support for people who need help and for their families who also live with the devastating impact of drug and alcohol abuse.
“We’ve listened to the community and they’ve been telling us more services in the South-West are needed to help treat alcohol and drug issues. These services will ensure individuals have more access to treatment, closer to where they live.
“Tackling alcohol and other drug, and associated harms, is a complex issue. We will continue to work with the community, non-government organisations and those on the ground, who experience the effects firsthand, to address this issue.”