Meth strategy delivers 10 new Midwest rehab beds

The Liberal National Government has announced funding for 10 new residential rehabilitation treatment beds in the Midwest as part of its $14.9 million WA Meth Strategy announced in May. 

Mental Health Minister Andrea Mitchell said the contract for the 10 beds at Hope Community Services in Geraldton, was one of a number that would provide a total of 60 new treatments beds across the state, all of which will be available from January 2017. 

Geraldton MLA Ian Blayney said the beds represented a significant boost in treatment and support for users and their families in the Midwest who wanted to address methamphetamine use. 

“Recent statistics show that methamphetamine use and its associated harms is a significant problem in regional areas right around Australia,” Mr Blayney said. 

““These beds will add to the existing stock of treatment beds in the Midwest and ensure continuity of treatment options for people in Midwest communities who are experiencing meth-related harm.” 

Minister Mitchell said the WA Meth Strategy 2016, had 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 front line worker training.

“There is no one-size-fits-all treatment model for treating people with drug and alcohol problems,” Minister Mitchell said. 

“The best outcomes are achieved when the type of treatment matches the specific needs of the individual and State Government is ensuring that the entire spectrum of treatment and prevention options is supported and available across the State.”