Funding extended for alcohol, drug treatment

Almost $4 million has been committed to alcohol and drug treatment projects based in the Federal electorate of Adelaide.

Senator for South Australia Anne Ruston said the commitment provided 14 local alcohol and drug treatment services with funding certainty to 30 June 2016.

"The Government has allocated $87 million in 2015-16 for services provided by non-government organisations and almost $4 million has been allocated to services based in Adelaide," Senator Ruston said.

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

"Extended funding for another 12 months provides these services with certainty while the Government, states and territories consider a review of the drug and alcohol treatment services sector commissioned by the Department of Health in 2013.

"This review was initiated to examine duplication and overlap between services, and to propose a better way of delivering them. The findings require further analysis and consultation between the Commonwealth, states and territories, all of which provide funding for drug and alcohol treatment."

Adelaide-based projects receiving extended funding include:

  • Centacare Drug and Alcohol Services $454,838
  • Substitutions Options Service $113,234
  • OARS CT Drug and Alcohol Treatment Services $325,800
  • Aboriginal Outreach Team $314,273
  • Streetlink $580,593
  • Kuitpo $158,303
  • Centacare Comorbidity Project $455,430
  • OARS Community Transitions Comorbidity Improved Service and Integration Project $116,000
  • Cross Sector Capacity Building and Strategic Partnerships Project $218,609
  • Towards Independence Network of Services Comorbidity Project $194,379
  • New ROADS $198,265
  • Baptist Care (SA) Comorbidity Improved Services Project $178,947
  • Tumbelin $405,311
  • Outreach Hepatitis C Peer Education and Support Project $243,640

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

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