An expansion of housing to allow women with dependent children receive help to combat alcohol and drug problems was today opened at Cyrenian House in Cullacabardee.
Mental Health Minister Graham Jacobs opened the Saranna Women and Children’s program, which provides a specialist therapeutic community tackling both alcohol and drug issues and provide parenting support.
“The Saranna Program is Western Australia’s first residential therapeutic community specifically for women and children affected by alcohol and drug use,” Dr Jacobs said.
“Children of parents with drug and alcohol problems may contend with a range of challenges and developmental difficulties.
“The Saranna Program ensures mothers and children are kept together during this important time, increasing the success of the treatment and improving their wellbeing.
“The six new housing units opened today, combined with the eight existing units, mean that the program can accommodate up to 14 families at one time.
“In addition to helping mothers overcome alcohol and drug problems, the program helps support children, strengthen the relationship between mother and child, reunite and strengthen families and build resilience and skills.
“The Liberal-National Government is committed to supporting holistic treatment initiatives like the Saranna Women and Children’s program and Cyrenian House residential therapeutic community and non–residential drug and alcohol programs.”
The Minister said the new housing for the Saranna Program had been supported by a grant of $1.37million under the State Government’s Crisis Accommodation Program.
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