Peterborough will benefit from additional outpatient treatment appointments as part of the state government’s ‘Stop the Hurt’ strategy.
Minister for Mental Health and Substance Abuse Peter Malinauskas announced on Wednesday a 50 per cent increase in non-government outpatient treatment appointments.
The additional outpatient treatment appointments will be provided in Mount Barker and Port Pirie, with outreach to Murray Bridge and Peterborough.
The services will be delivered by non-government organisations Life Without Barriers and Uniting Communities, both of which have offices located in Port Pirie and already provide drug and alcohol treatment throughout South Australia.
An Ice Taskforce was appointed in February this year to develop a strategy to combat the increased use of the illicit drug Crystal Methamphetamine, otherwise known as ice, throughout South Australia.
The strategy was released in June which included increasing treatment by increasing outpatient counselling appointments through a $3.6 million fund from the state government, which would also include at least 15 new regional residential rehabilitation beds.
Mr Malinauskas said the government had kept its promise.
“We know that South Australians are rightly concerned about the prevalent use of drugs, particularly crystal methamphetamine, in regional areas,” he said.
“As part of our response to the findings of the Ice Taskforce, we promised to improve existing services by increasing access to treatment.
“We are delivering on that promise by locating residential rehabilitation beds in regional centres and by funding an additional 5000 outpatient counselling appointments through our non-government partners Uniting Communities and Life without Barriers.”
The rehabilitation beds will be spread out across Mount Gambier, Whyalla and the Riverland.
It is expected that the additional outpatient appointments and the rehabilitation beds will be in place and operational by early next year.