The Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs Council has backed an Anglicare worker’s call for improvements to be made the state’s rehabilitation services, but says Tasmanians are not being “hung out to dry” when it comes to drug and alcohol addiction.
Anglicare community services worker Katrina Bester conducted a continuum of care comparison between Tasmanian and Californian rehabilitation services, which she said highlighted gaps in the state’s framework.
Ms Bester noted the separation of detox and residential care in Tasmania as one of the key issues.
ATDC chief executive Alison Lai said while there was a need for more resources, the state’s rehabilitation services had a strong foundation..
“The Alcohol, Tobacco and other Drugs Council supports Katrina’s comments in regards to the need for increased funding into alcohol, tobacco and drug services across Tasmania, such as increased investment into aftercare services, and the need to improve the integration between mental health services and AOD services,” she said.
“However, it’s incredibly important to highlight that there are existing services available to Tasmanians including a range of after-care services that are currently delivered by Missiondale and the Salvation Army Bridge Program.”
“The Salvation Army’s Bridge Program is preparing to roll out a residential rehabilitation intensive support program based on the US model."
Ms Lai said Tasmanians were not being put at risk in the current system.
“If places are not immediately available (after detox), organisations will stay connected to that individual and provide support until a place becomes available,” she said.
“There are also a range of after-care programs available that provide individualised treatment programs, and exit plans developed and reviewed over a period of 12 months.”
The ATDC made its submission to the state government’s Reform Agenda for Alcohol and Drug Services in Tasmania last week.