Unveiling the plaque: Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development, the Hon Michael McCormack, with Federal Member for Forde, Bert van Manen (left) and the Hon Di Farmer, State Minister for Child Safety, Youth and Women and Minister for the Prevention of Family and Domestic Violence.
Queensland families will have access to a unique drug and alcohol support service starting in the new year, following the official launch of our Family Recovery Units at Logan House on 12 December.
The program makes it possible for parents to receive support, while their young children stay with them on site in the two and three-bedroom units.
Parents can access wrap-around support on site at Logan including specialist alcohol and drug counselling and information, group sessions and parenting, life and health support, whilst having appropriate care arrangements set in place for their children.
The opening was jointly conducted by the Hon Michael McCormack, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development, the Hon Di Farmer, State Minister for Child Safety, Youth and Women and Minister for the Prevention of Family and Domestic Violence; along with Lives Lived Well Chair Damian Wright. The Federal Member for Forde, Bert van Manen and the Acting Logan Mayor, Cherie Dalley also attended.
The Australian Government invested $986,000 in the construction of the units, jointly funding it with Lives Lived Well, which contributed more than $1M. The Queensland Government has committed to providing $1.7M in funding over three years to support the operation of the family alcohol and drug recovery program at the units.
Speaking at the launch, Mr McCormack said he knew Logan House, set among gum trees in Logan’s rural southwest, would be a special place.
“People will look along this deck at this beautiful view and will see there is hope, there is a future. They will experience the warmth of the counsellors here, people who will share their expertise, their care, their compassion, their love and it will make a difference.”
Lives Lived Well Chair Damian Wright expressed gratitude for the funding support of both state and federal governments.
“This funding allows us to work closely with families to turn their lives around after the harms and disruption of alcohol and drugs,” Mr Wright said.
The services come as a result of funding announced by the Federal Government in June, which dedicated $11 million dollars towards improved Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD) support services in the region.
They will provide a significant boost to the level of support provided by Lives Lived Well for people affected by the problematic use of alcohol and other drugs, including methamphetamine (ice).
As a part of this funding Lives Lived Well will also be constructing a 20-bed live-in recovery residence, due for completion in 2019.
Senator James McGrath said the announcement would go a long way in dealing with drugs and alcohol across the Caboolture and Bribie Island region.
“The local community has been calling for additional support services and I’m delighted that the Liberal National Coalition Government has been able to deliver $11 million dollars in funding.
“This funding will help save lives and stop people slipping through the cracks from drugs or alcohol.
“Lives Lived Well is a brilliant not-for-profit organisation and this funding will enable them to continue their work in helping victims and families impacted by drugs or alcohol.
Lives Lived Well CEO Mitchell Giles emphasised the importance of these new programs saying the addition of withdrawal and rehabilitation day supports puts extra counsellors in the field and means more support for more people at different stages of their recovery over a longer period.
“Since opening in late 2016, our Brisbane North services have seen 1813 people, including 570 from the Caboolture area. Most named methamphetamines (ice) as their primary drug of concern, with alcohol and cannabis also presenting strongly,” Mr Giles said.
“In some ways this is a positive sign. It means people are recognising that they have a problem and are comfortable in coming forward for support. That step alone takes courage.Lives Lived Well is a not-for-profit support organisation for people impacted by drugs, alcohol or mental health concerns. People who are thinking of addressing their use of alcohol or other drugs can contact Lives Lived Well on 1300 727 957.
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Our Cairns team are providing intake and assessment, withdrawal support and community re-entry services.
We have a new service hub in Cairns, providing a central place for people to access withdrawal support, intake and assessment for residential treatment at Shanty Creek, and community re-entry support services for people leaving correctional services.
Moving to larger premises to host this hub, the new building also features two two-bedroom units, which are available to people transitioning into and out of our services.
The Member for Leichhardt, Warren Entsch, recently joined our CEO, Mitchell Giles, for the official opening of the new building at 139 Sheridan St, Cairns.
This is the first time we’ve been able to offer our clients transitional housing in Cairns. The units provide safe and secure accommodation for people while they participate in our withdrawal day program or prepare to return to country after completing residential treatment at nearby Shanty Creek.
If you’re in Cairns please pop in and say hello to our team. You can’t miss our building – it’s the one with bright green and blue tiles on the front!