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Grills backs plan to allow compulsory drug and alcohol treatment

For more information, contact Dave Grills (Member for the Mining and Pastoral Region).

The State Government’s plan to allow compulsory alcohol and drug treatment in Western Australia is now open for public comment.

Member for the Mining and Pastoral Region Dave Grills MLC has backed the State Government’s plan and encouraged constituents to have their say.

“I am well aware that drug and alcohol abuse are big concerns in communities throughout the Mining and Pastoral Region and I encourage residents to have their say on the proposed compulsory treatment for WA,” Mr Grills said.

The discussion and background papers were released by the Mental Health Commission on Monday, at the same time public submissions opened.

Mr Grills said all West Australians, including people who had experienced their own alcohol or drug problems, family members, service providers and the wider community were invited to have their say on this important legislation.

“The background and discussion papers are designed to promote public debate and also act as a guide to help members of the public who want to make a submission,” he said.

“Compulsory alcohol and drug treatment programs are considered an option of last resort and will be just one option within the spectrum of treatment services available to people experiencing alcohol or drug addiction in the Mining and Pastoral Region and other parts of the State.”

The Commission is expected to release an Exposure Draft Bill for community consultation before the end of the year.

Voluntary services remain a high priority for the State Government, with $14.9 million invested into prevention, treatment and support services over two years as part of the WA Meth Strategy.

To view or download the discussion and background papers or make a submission visit, http://www.mhc.wa.gov.au

For media enquiries contact Dave Grills MLC on (08) 9071 500 or email dave.grills@mp.wa.gov.au