Politics — 03 March 2017

CRITICAL drug treatment services targeting ice users and other addicts will be given a two-year extension by the federal government.drugs-908533_960_720

More than 140 alcohol and drug treatment organisations had faced uncertainty with hundreds of millions of dollars in grants from two federal government programs set to expire on June 30.

Health Minister Greg Hunt will today guaranteed funding for another two years until June 30, 2019 — in addition to the National Ice Action Strategy Funding of $241.5 million for drug and alcohol treatment currently being rolled out.

“This continued funding for direct treatment services is important to individuals and families struggling with drug and alcohol misuse, and will maintain the availability of treatment for people seeking help,” Mr Hunt told the Herald Sun.

Among the services funded will be rehabilitation centres and drop in centres that provide counselling, social events, diversionary activities, meals, and other support for clients.

More than $80 million will be transferred to Primary Health Networks to align with drug and alcohol treatment funding provided through the National Ice Action Strategy.

The remaining funds will be distributed by the Department of Health to large organisations that provide services over multiple networks.

Mr Hunt said primary health network would use the additional funding to continue to fund drug and alcohol treatment services to increase the availability of treatment for people seeking help where, and when they need it.

This peice was first seen on ‘The Herald Sun’ March 2, 2017.

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