Hon Andrea Mitchell BPE DipEd MLA

Hon Andrea Mitchell BPE DipEd MLA

Former Minister for Mental Health; Child Protection

    Meth strategy delivers 60 extra treatment beds

    1/11/2016 9:05 AM
     
    • $6.1 million expansion of residential rehabilitation beds in Perth, South-West, Goldfields, Mid-West and Pilbara

    The Liberal National Government today announced the locations of 60 new residential rehabilitation treatment beds as part of the $14.9 million Western Australian Meth Strategy 2016.

     

    Mental Health Minister Andrea Mitchell said contracts had been finalised for the extra 28 beds in metropolitan Perth and 32 beds across the South-West, Goldfields, Mid-West and Pilbara, which would open in January 2017.

     

    "This represents a significant boost in treatment and support for users and their families who want to address methamphetamine use," Ms Mitchell said.

     

    "These additional beds are part of the WA Meth Strategy 2016, which has already delivered a boost to staffing in community alcohol and other drug counselling centres across the State, a dedicated Meth Helpline, a specialist meth outpatient clinic and frontline worker training."

     

    The Minister said the additional beds would ensure continuity of treatment options for people experiencing meth-related harm.

     

    "There is no one-size-fits-all treatment model for treating people with drug and alcohol problems," she said.

     

    "The best outcomes are achieved when the type of treatment matches the specific needs of the individual.

     

    "For some people, that treatment is residential rehabilitation; for others it is early intervention to avoid the need for residential care or rehabilitation within the community with the help of dedicated support services.

     

    "The Liberal National Government is ensuring that the entire spectrum of treatment and prevention options is supported and available across the State."

     

    Fact File

    • The service providers were selected through a competitive tender process that provides the best value and highest quality service for taxpayer dollars
    • The new beds will be available at Cyrenian House (20) and Palmerston (eight) in Perth, Abbotsford Private Hospital near Nannup (16), Hope Community Services in the Mid-West (10), the Goldfields Rehabilitation Services Inc in Kalgoorlie (four) and Yaandina Family Centre in the Pilbara (two)
    • If you or someone close to you needs help with meth, phone the Meth Helpline on 1800 874 878

    Minister's office - 6552 5400

     

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