Gippsland locals will have access to new rehabilitation beds closer to home and their loved ones with a new alcohol and other drug facility to open in Bairnsdale thanks to the Victorian Government.
Victorian Minister for Mental Health Martin Foley visited Bairnsdale to announce that the Victorian Government is backing the HOPE Restart Centre as one of three new regional residential rehabilitation facilities.
The HOPE Restart Centre has worked with the community and donors to get the idea of a Gippsland residential rehab centre to the point of conception.
Odyssey House Victoria, a provider in residential rehabilitation services across Victoria, will run the new facility. The Victorian Government will deliver operational funding of at least $1.8 million per year to run the centre.
With operational funding secured, plans can be turned into reality with construction to commence in the next 12 months.
The Victorian Government is more than doubling the number of residential rehab beds in Victoria – from 208 beds in 2014 to 450 beds when all facilities are fully operational. More than half of the new beds will be based in regional Victoria, where the greatest need is unmet.
Since coming to office, the Victorian Government has invested more than $10 million in new alcohol and other drug treatment services for the Gippsland region.
This includes funding for new specialist family violence advisors and the expansion of services for clients who are at a high risk of overdose.
This means that each year the Gippsland community now receives more than $9 million in funding to support the delivery of high-quality alcohol and other drug treatment services.
Source: Vic Government