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New drug centre to open in Carnarvon
New drug centre to open in Carnarvon

A new centre providing day and night treatment services for people in the Gascoyne with alcohol and drug problems will be the first of its kind in WA, the State Government said.

Located at the Carnarvon hospital site, the $3.4 million dual-purpose Alcohol and Other Drug Centre will be a base for the Midwest Community Drug Service Team.

Mental Health Minister Helen Morton said after consultation on how to best address the alcohol and drug issues in the Gascoyne, it was agreed the new centre, hosting two different functions during the day and night was the preferred option.

The centre will be the first model in WA to co-locate a sobering-up service with a community drug service team offering a range of specialist alcohol and other drug services.

The 10-bed sobering-up centre will be opened at night in another part of the centre for people referred to by police, the hospital and other local services.

"In-reach services from other Carnarvon agencies will provide a holistic service for people with alcohol and other drug problems, meaning their issues are treated earlier and more effectively," Mrs Morton said.

Regional Development Minister Brendon Grylls said the projected cost to establish and operate the centre was $3.4million across the first four years.

"The State Government's Royalties for Regions program has provided $2.9million for construction and operation of this new centre, along with $500,000 from the Drug and Alcohol Office," Mr Grylls said.

"The centre's innovative model, which was developed from recommendations of a scoping study and extensive community consultation, provides key services to those who need them and where they need them; in their local community."