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Compulsory alcohol and other drug treatment

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.

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. This is consistent with the findings of the 2019 Select Committee Inquiry into alternate approaches to reducing illicit drug use and its effects on the community; however the Select Committee did support a trial of compulsory detoxification.

As part of the McGowan Government’s response to the Methamphetamine Action Plan Taskforce Report, the Mental Health Commission has commenced engagement with the community to co-design a service model to outline current and optimal pathways for individuals in AOD crisis. Both compulsory and non‑compulsory options will be considered. To assist with this task, a Community Advisory Group has been established and was announced on 27 February 2020. Further information and updates on the crisis intervention co-design process can be found here. 

For any queries relating to compulsory treatment, please email pps.enquiries@mhc.wa.gov.au 

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