The Liberal National Government has announced the recipients of $20 million worth of grants to boost in need drug and alcohol treatment services across South Australia, including in Murray Bridge.

Member for Barker Tony Pasin said the funding, which has been awarded a number of organisations, will assist people in Murray Bridge battling the effects of substance abuse and will increase the capacity of the overstretched treatment services in South Australia.

Health Minister Greg Hunt said methamphetamine use in South Australia is well above the national average both in urban and regional areas.

“Communities can be hit hard by substance misuse. Its effects are felt deeply and can continue for years.” Minister Hunt said. Member for Barker Tony Pasin said,

“We know that people impacted by alcohol and drugs need to be able to access appropriate support when and where they need it. This funding will help provide this access in Murray Bridge.

“A high number of applications from committed treatment organisations were received as part of this measure to boost services in areas of need which included Murray Bridge,” Mr Pasin said.

The Department of Health consulted with the South Australian Government, the South Australian Network of Drug and Alcohol Services and the Primary Health Networks who undertook extensive needs assessments to determine service gaps in their regions.

Health Minister Greg Hunt said areas of need were based on a range of factors which included the range of existing services in particular regions and demand for those services.

“This funding will increase the treatment service offerings in South Australia including counselling, detox, residential rehabilitation with some of the services focussing on youth and rural areas,” Minister Hunt said.

“Alcohol and drug misuse doesn’t just affect one person; it also affects their families, friends and the surrounding community.”

“Increasing the level of funding for drug and alcohol treatment in South Australia, will improve lives impacted by drug use.”

“This funding forms part of the Liberal National Government’s broader investment of more than $723 million in the Drug and Alcohol Program.”

“For free and confidential advice about alcohol and other drug treatment services, call the National Alcohol and Other Drug Hotline on 1800 250 015.”

 Service Provider – Mission Australia Youth

Treatment Type – focussed case management, prevention and early intervention pilot

Funding – $971,383.33

Service Provider – Aboriginal Health Council of South Australia Ltd

Treatment Type – AOD sector capacity/Workforce development and training

Funding – $125,000.00

Service Provider – Baptist Care (SA) Incorporated

Treatment Type – Residential Rehabilitation

Funding – $374,574.13

Service Provider – Murray Mallee General Practice Network Incorporated

Treatment Type – Counselling and case management

Funding – $1,500,000.00

Service Provider – SA Network of Drug and Alcohol Services

Treatment Type – AOD sector capacity/Workforce development and training

Funding – $12,030.75