Hon Graham Jacobs MBBS FRACGP MLA

Hon Graham Jacobs MBBS FRACGP MLA

Former Minister for Water; Mental Health

    Goldfields mental health and drug and alcohol services expanded

    8/12/2010 12:00 AM

    Men in the Goldfields battling drug and alcohol and mental health problems will have a better chance of getting their lives back on track.


    The Drug and Alcohol Office and Mental Health Commission will continue to work with the service to secure further funding required to operate the service at full capacity from 2011-12.


    Mental Health Minister Graham Jacobs today announced an additional $100,000 in recurrent funding for Prospect Lodge, a residential facility in Kalgoorlie-Boulder.


    The extra funding will be provided by the Mental Health Commission and is in addition to $115,000 provided this year by the Drug and Alcohol Office.


    “Alcohol and drug problems can affect many areas of a person’s life, from their relationships to their work,” Dr Jacobs said.


    “Prospect Lodge provides a stable residential facility for men over 18 years of age to develop the skills they need to turn their lives around.


    “These extra funds will allow the lodge to run at an increased capacity for the rest of the 2010-11 year, and accommodate up to 10 men.”


    The Minister said Prospect Lodge also catered to the mental health problems of its residents.


    “Up to 75 per cent of people accessing drug and alcohol services in Kalgoorlie-Boulder will have a mental health problem,” he said.


    ”Prospect Lodge will cater to the multiple needs of its residents, providing counselling, employment training, plus therapeutic and recreational activities.”


    The service is operated by Eastern Goldfields Halfway House and will also help residents find suitable longer term accommodation and employment.


    “This is a prime example of how partnerships between State Government services and the non-government sector can change lives,” Dr Jacobs said.


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