- McGowan Labor Government fast-tracks election commitment to deliver specialist alcohol and drug rehab services in the South-West
- 33 additional alcohol and other drug rehabilitation beds to open by early 2019
- More than 1,400 new alcohol and other drug treatment services were provided to people in the South-West last year
More alcohol and other drug rehabilitation beds will be opened in the State's South-West from early 2019, with $9.3 million allocated in the State Budget over the next four years to operate 33 additional treatment beds across the region.
Improvements to the service delivery approach has enabled the additional treatment beds to be made available two years earlier than previously expected. The shift from a capital build approach to a purchase of services model, also aims to allow greater flexibility in delivering treatments in areas of greatest need.
The additional services are part of the McGowan Labor Government's delivery of its election commitments under the Methamphetamine Action Plan, to provide quality health and mental health care, enhance community safety and tackle the meth scourge.
People experiencing alcohol or other drug issues can contact their local Community Alcohol and Drug Service (details at http://www.mhc.wa.gov.au/cads) or visit their GP for advice.
For free help, call the Alcohol and Drug Support Line - 1800 198 024 (Country) or 9442 5000 (Metro).
For more 2018-19 State Budget information, visit http://www.ourstatebudget.wa.gov.au
Comments attributed to Mental Health Minister Roger Cook:
"We are getting on with the job to immediately deliver more local services for people with alcohol and other drug issues in the South-West.
"This will help individuals to seek specialist services closer to their support networks, at home and within the community.
"The McGowan Labor Government has continued to make funding for mental health, alcohol and other drug issues a priority to help Western Australians' health and wellbeing."
Minister's office - 6552 6500