Funding for alcohol and drug treatment extended

Member for Wannon, Dan Tehan said today Western Region Alcohol And Drug Centre Inc. could continue to offer long term treatment and rehabilitation programmes, as a result of the Government’s decision.

Mr Tehan said the Assistant Minister for Health, Senator Fiona Nash, had extended funding to approximately 160 alcohol and drug treatment organisations until 30 June 2016.

The Government has now allocated $87 million in 2015-16 for alcohol and drug treatment activities provided by non-government organisations, Mr Tehan said.

This decision means that Western Region Alcohol And Drug Centre Inc. and others across Australia can continue to offer their services to help individuals and families affected by substance abuse.

Minimising the harm associated with alcohol and other drug misuse to individuals, families and communities is an important priority for the Government.

Mr Tehan said a review of the drug and alcohol treatment services sector, commissioned by the Department of Health, was currently under consideration by the Commonwealth and state and territory governments.

The review was initiated in 2013 to examine the duplication and overlap between services and propose a better way forward, Mr Tehan said.

Extending funding for another 12 months will provide clarity and certainty for Western Region Alcohol And Drug Centre Inc. and others in the alcohol and other drug sector while these longer term plans are developed.

Mr Tehan said the review’s findings required further analysis and consultation between the Commonwealth, states and territories, all of which provided funding for alcohol and other drug treatment.

Commonwealth funding provides treatment and support to individuals including mothers, teenagers and older Australians, as well as families and communities affected by substance misuse.

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