FUNDING BOOST FOR DANDENONG TREATMENT SERVICES
Dandenong will soon have access to better mental health, drug and alcohol support, close to home, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government’s Facilities Renewal Grants Fund to improve services across the state.
Member for Dandenong, Gabrielle Williams, today announced that South Eastern Consortium of Alcohol and Drug Agencies (SECADA) will receive a portion of the fund, which will help public mental health clinical services, alcohol and drug services and mental health community support services to improve the quality of care they deliver to Victorians in need.
The funding will be used to remodel or refurbish existing service facilities, to provide greater comfort for patients and service workers. The upgrades will also enable clinicians to deliver safer and more efficient care.
South Eastern Consortium of Alcohol and Drug Agencies (SECADA) has been allocated $100,000 from the fund for a facility refit to accommodate increased demand.
In the Victorian Budget 2018-19, the Labor Government invested a record $705 million in mental health support, extra regional rehabilitation facilities and new emergency department crisis hubs to help Victorians experiencing mental illness.
The Budget also includes $259.9 million in alcohol and drug treatment services – which, alongside the Labor Government’s Ice Action Plan and Drug Rehabilitation Plan, will more than double the number of residential rehabilitation beds in Victoria.