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Tuesday, 11 September 2018

Extra Rehabilitation Beds for RegionalVictorians

11th Sep 2018

RegionalVictorians will have better access to mental health and alcohol and other drugssupport, closer to home, with the latest residential rehabilitation facility officiallyopening in Bendigo.

Ministerfor Mental Health Martin Foley toured the new $1.8 million facility today –which is specially designed to treat people with the dual diagnosis of mentalhealth issues and alcohol and other drug addiction.

Operatedby Bendigo Health, the new eight bed unit provides a higher level of clinicalsupport and targeted intervention, which is vital to meet the unique treatmentneeds of this vulnerable group.

Peoplewith dual diagnosis are typically affected in different ways. Their assessment,diagnosis, treatment and recovery is more complicated and there is often ahigher risk of relapse.

Theservice will work closely with Bendigo Health’s Adult Community Mental HealthTeam and external alcohol and other drug treatment providers to ensure peopleacross Victoria are supported when they leave the facility.

TheAndrews Labor Government’s $87 million Drug Rehabilitation Plan rapidlyexpanded adult residential rehabilitation services to help meet demand for drugtreatment support. The Labor Government is also establishing four residentialrehabilitation facilities in the Grampians, Barwon, Gippsland and Hume regions.

TheLabor Government is more than doubling the number of residential rehabilitationbeds across the State, with more than half of these based in regional Victoria.Once all beds are operational, around 700 more Victorians each year will beable to access residential rehabilitation services.

Fundingfor alcohol and other drug services has increased by 57 per cent over the lastfour Victorian Budgets, providing a record $260 million in this year alone.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Housing, Disability andAgeing Martin Foley

“Everyoneknows the terrible damage alcohol and other drugs can inflict on a community,especially our rural and regional areas – that’s why this investment is soimportant.”

“Thisnew facility is ensuring people who have a dual diagnosis are receiving thespecialised treatment they need during their stay, as well as continued carewhen they’re back at home.”

Quote attributable to Member for Bendigo East Jacinta Allan

“Havinga dual diagnosis residential rehabilitation facility in Bendigo means localsexperiencing complex mental health or addiction issues have access to highlyskilled clinicians who can help get their lives back on track.”

Quote attributable to Member for Bendigo West Maree Edwards

“In times of crisis people need quick access to treatment and asupport network around them – which is why having a facility like this inBendigo is so important for people who are struggling with addiction or mentalillness.”

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