Hon Helen Morton MLC

Hon Helen Morton MLC

Former Minister for Mental Health; Disability Services; Child Protection

    New alcohol and drug treatment service opens

    7/09/2015 12:00 PM
     
    • New premises and expanded service open for business in Joondalup area
    • In 2015-16, the State Government will provide more than $2.3 million for the North Metropolitan Community Alcohol and Drug Service

    A 'one stop shop' for alcohol and drug treatment has opened in Joondalup to cater for the region's growing population after a move to larger premises by the North Metropolitan Community Alcohol and Drug Service.

     

    Mental Health Minister Helen Morton today announced the new facility would deliver access to medical services including opiate and alcohol pharmacotherapy treatment, medical reviews and clinical psychology as well as outpatient counselling, prevention and diversion programs.

     

    "The expanded service has been made possible through a partnership between the Mental Health Commission's Next Step clinical service and non-government organisation Cyrenian House," Mrs Morton said.

     

    Staff at the service also identify and respond to clients with both mental health and alcohol and drug problems to ensure they receive co-ordinated care.

     

    "Extra clinical staff will enable the delivery of a new medical in-reach service to Joondalup Health Campus, Ramsay Health Care and the Joondalup catchment area Mental Health Services.  This will significantly enhance the service's ability to meet the needs of people with both mental health and drug and alcohol problems," the Minister said.

     

    "The in-reach team will provide specialist alcohol and drug treatment to hospital and mental health service clients, and build their capacity to work with people with these problems.

     

    "In line with other metropolitan community drug and alcohol services, the St John of God-operated Drug and Alcohol Withdrawal Network is also now provided from the north metropolitan service, to deliver detoxification services into clients' homes."

     

    The 2014-15 State Budget allocated $5.4 million over four years to expand the North Metropolitan Community Alcohol and Drug Service.  This included an $822,230 grant for the office to relocate to larger premises, including infrastructure and fit-out costs.

     

    Fact File

    • The new premises are located at 10 Clarke Crescent, Joondalup
    • In 2014-15, the primary drug of concern for people seeking help in the north metropolitan area was cannabis (34%), alcohol (26%) and methamphetamine (16%)
    • Treatment numbers at the North Metropolitan Community Alcohol and Drug Service increased from 2,266 in 2010-11, to 2,975 in 2014-15
    • From 2008 to 2012, across the north metropolitan region, hospitalisations increased for alcohol-related admissions from 5,132 to 7,838, and other drugs from 2,117 to 3,202

    Minister's office - 6552 6900