Combating illicit drugs – strengthening the Non-Government Organisation Treatment Grants Program

The Budget commits $79.5 million of new funding over four years to help non-government drug rehabilitation and detoxification centres to provide vital treatment and support services to drug addicts, drug users and alcoholics.

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Why is this important?

  • The Government is committed to helping people with an alcohol or substance abuse problem to receive effective treatment. Non-government organisations (NGOs) provide vital services and support, but need more support to meet the increasing demand for treatment and rising costs of care.

Who will benefit?

  • This measure will help deliver more tailored services for more people to assist them with their drug addiction. For example, there will be more flexible family therapies and detoxification arrangements for people and their families who are trying to fight drug addiction. This will also allow parents with drug addiction and their children to receive services in one setting.
  • The initiative will also meet the particular needs of young people in drug and alcohol treatment by providing additional treatment and residential places for them.

What funding is the Government committing to the initiative?

  • This measure provides additional funding of $79.5 million over four years to strengthen and expand the Non-Government Organisation Treatment Grants Program (NGOTGP).

What have we done in the past?

  • The NGOTGP is an ongoing initiative in which the Government invested $26.5 million in 2006-07.
  • Since 1997, the Australian Government has allocated more than $160 million nationally to treatment services provided by non-government organisations.
  • The Government currently funds 169 NGOs to operate a range of alcohol and drug treatment services through the NGOTGP. Treatment options available under the NGOTGP include counselling, outreach support, peer support, home detoxification, medicated and non-medicated detoxification, therapeutic communities and in- and out-patient rehabilitation.

When will the initiative conclude?

  • This is an ongoing initiative.

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