Sonder has been selected as one of the organisations to receive funding from a $20m boost to SA’s drug and rehabilitation services

Selected drug and alcohol rehabilitation services in South Australia have received a $20m boost as the Federal Government steps up efforts to deal with the state’s ice epidemic.

Yesterday’s announcement from Federal Minister for Health, Greg Hunt revealing the recipients of grants to boost the state’s drug and rehabilitation services is warmly welcomed by Sonder.

Sonder is one of nine organisations that will be funded to provide programs to assist people battling the effects of substance abuse and increase the capacity of the overstretched treatment services in South Australia.

Methamphetamine use in South Australia is well above the national average both in urban and regional areas.

Communities can be hit hard by substance misuse. Its effects are felt deeply and can continue for years.

We know that people impacted by alcohol and drugs need to be able to access appropriate support when and where they need it. This funding will help provide this access.

The Department of Health consulted with the South Australian Government, the South Australian Network of Drug and Alcohol Services and the Primary Health Networks who undertook extensive needs assessments to determine service gaps in their regions. As a result, it was decided that funding was to be provided in the Fleurieu Peninsula; Peterborough and Mid North; Port Augusta; Ceduna; Murray Bridge; Playford; Port Adelaide; and Onkaparinga.

Sonder will be funded to provide drug and rehabilitation services in the areas of Playford and Port Adelaide.

Alcohol and drug misuse doesn’t just affect one person; it also affects their families, friends and the surrounding community.

Increasing the level of funding for drug and alcohol treatment in South Australia, will improve lives impacted by drug use.

This funding forms part of the Liberal National Government’s broader investment of more than $723 million in the Drug and Alcohol Program.

Sonder currently offers support for clients experiencing both drug & alcohol and mental health problems through the Northern Connect program. The free service provides psychological support to address both mental illness and the drug and alcohol problems, as well as care coordination to ensure that the individual’s needs are addressed by the most appropriate services in the community.

This announcement of additional funding will see an in-home withdrawal management program join Sonder’s extensive range of community health programs.

Find out more about our drug and alcohol services here, or explore the broad range of integrated community health services on offer at www.sonder.net.au