Compulsory alcohol and other drug treatment program
In September 2016, the Mental Health Commission released Background and Discussion Papers relating to the proposed provision of compulsory alcohol and other drug (AOD) treatment in Western Australia.
- The Exposure Draft Compulsory Treatment (Alcohol and Other Drugs) Bill 2016 (Exposure Draft Bill) and Summary Model of Service were developed taking into account feedback from the Discussion Paper and advice from the Western Australian Compulsory AOD Treatment Community Advisory Group and Steering Committee.
In response to the Exposure Draft Bill, stakeholder feedback included concerns about the lack of evidence of the effectiveness of compulsory AOD treatment programs, and the need to invest in voluntary treatment services prior to considering compulsory AOD treatment.
As part of the McGowan Government’s response to the Methamphetamine Action Plan Taskforce Report, the Mental Health Commission will commence engagement with the community to design a model of service to meet the needs for short-term safe places for people with methamphetamine and other drug issues who are in crisis. The crisis service will keep the individuals, their families and the community safe. Both compulsory and non‑compulsory options will be considered.
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