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31 March 2015
Alcohol and drug treatment organisations which receive funding from the Australian Government will have their funding extended until 30 June 2016.
Assistant Minister for Health, Fiona Nash, said approximately 160 organisations currently receiving funding through the health portfolio would be offered an extension to their funding arrangements for a further 12 months. This includes 12 months extension of funding to State and Territory Alcohol and Drug peak bodies.
Senator Nash said $87 million in Commonwealth funding had been allocated in 2015-16 for alcohol and drug treatment activities provided by non-government organisations.
“The Coalition Government understands the importance of support for rehabilitation. Treatment services provide a vital function in getting people off drugs and alcohol and being able to again contribute to society,” Senator Nash said.
A review of the drug and alcohol treatment services sector, commissioned by the Department of Health, is currently under consideration by the Commonwealth and state and territory governments.
The review, which began in 2013, addresses issues of duplication and overlap between services.
“Extending funding for another 12 months will provide clarity and certainty for organisations in the alcohol and other drug sector while longer term plans are developed,” Senator Nash said.
“This will enable treatment services to continue to offer programs and support their clients in their individual recovery.”
“The review outcomes are complex and require further analysis to determine the most appropriate approach to delivering quality and sustainable alcohol and other drug treatment funding.
“As alcohol and other drug treatment services are funded by both the Commonwealth and state and territories, a coordinated response is also essential.”
Commonwealth funding to alcohol and drug treatment services is used to provide treatment and support to individuals including mothers, teenagers and older Australians, as well as families and communities affected by substance misuse.
Organisations in metropolitan, rural, regional and remote areas are funded to provide a range of front line services including:
- outpatient counselling
- outreach support
- peer support
- home detoxification
- therapeutic communities; and
- residential rehabilitation.