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Community alcohol & drug treatment services: H-L

Page content: Home-based withdrawal service | Homelessness & drug dependency trial program | Koori community alcohol & drug resource services | Koori community alcohol & drug workers | Koori youth alcohol and drug healing service

Home-based withdrawal service

Adult

Home-based withdrawal services are provided in cases where the withdrawal syndrome is of mild to moderate severity and the client is able to be supported by a family member or friend at home. This service may be provided as part of the Rural Withdrawal Support Service either in conjunction with a brief hospital stay or as a complete treatment. The service is provided by an experienced nurse in conjunction with a medical practitioner.

Target group

People requiring withdrawal where the withdrawal syndrome is of mild to moderate severity and not complicated by illness or significant psychosocial problems, and where a support person is available and in the immediate vicinity during withdrawal.

Youth

Youth home-based withdrawal is the provision of a safe and effective drug withdrawal in the young person's home, with medical, pharmacotherapy and supportive care. It aims to provide support for both the young person undergoing withdrawal and their carer/family members, develop linkages with a range of service systems which impact on a person's life.

Target group

Young people up to the age of 21 years requiring withdrawal where the withdrawal syndrome is of not complicated by illness or significant psychosocial problems, and where a support person is available and in the immediate vicinity during withdrawal.

Homelessness & Drug Dependency Trial program (HDDT)

The HDDT is a joint initiative of the three crisis supported accommodation services (CSAS) in inner Melbourne (Hanover Welfare Services, the Salvation Army and St Vincent de Paul) and the Drugs Policy and Services Branch and SAAP Housing Branch of the Department of Human Services.

HDDT focuses on addressing the alcohol and drug-related needs of homeless people who seek assistance at the three CSAS. The initiative provides intensive case management support to up to 100 people at any one time for periods of between three and 12 months.

Koori Community Alcohol (KCA) and Drug Resource Services (DRS)

The KCA and DRS provides an alternative to incarceration for Koori people who are found to be alcohol and drug affected in public. It provides short-term accommodation of an average of 48 hours in a safe non-threatening environment which is focussed on meeting the needs of the individual and the continuity of care through appropriate referral processes.

Target group

Koori people who are alcohol and drug affected. The service is not appropriate for people with serious medical problems, with unstable psychiatric conditions, or who are violent. Young people (people under 16 years of age) can access the service, however, it is recognised that it may be more appropriate in some instances for the KCA & DRS to refer a young person elsewhere.

Koori community alcohol & drug workers

The Koori community alcohol and drug workers undertake a number of program development activities based on a harm minimisation approach, including

Target group

Koori people and their 'significant others' who are affected (either directly or indirectly) by alcohol and/or other drug use or who are at risk of being affected by alcohol and/or other drugs. A particular focus is placed on reducing the uptake of alcohol and other drugs by young people

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Koori Youth Alcohol and Drug Healing Service

The Mental Health Drugs and Regions Division of the Department is currently managing the construction of a permanent Koori Youth Alcohol and Drug Healing Service.

This service will be a statewide rehabilitation service designed to help younf Koori people between aged 15 to 20 recover from substance abuse issues and reintegrate with the community, within the context of a culturally appropriate healing model.

In the interim a 6 bed statewide residential Koori youth alcohol and drug service is operating in Bittern on the Mornington Peninsula. The service is managed in a partnership of Ngwala Willumbong and the Youth Substance Abuse Service (YSAS).

The program is designed to assist young people seeking support to address their substance use issues and reconnect with the Koori community, the broader society supported by activities, mentors and services that respond to their vocational and holistic health need.

The service model consists of:

The average length of stay is approximately 4 months.

Access and referral

Referrals can be made

For further information and advice regarding referral to the service contact the manager of the service.

Telephone:

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