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The Northern Territory Government has commenced the roll-out of alcohol mandatory treatment recently announcing the location for the Alice Springs assessment centre.
Health Minister Robyn Lambley says the Alice Springs assessment centre will be located at the secure care facility on the South Stuart Highway. 'The secure care facility was built in two eight bed halves - one half for adults deemed unfit to plead in court, the other for juveniles,' Mrs Lambley said.
'Our government decided against collocating juveniles and adults and so the Department of Health took possession of the Alice Springs facility and the Office of Children and Families obtained a similar 16-bed facility in the Top End.'
The service will be operated by the Department of Health and will have 18 full-time staff including professional and physical nurses and liaison officers. It is intended as a temporary solution for 18 months, consistent with the phase two roll-out of a 50-bed treatment centre in Alice Springs.
Under phase one of alcohol mandatory treatment, which begins on July 1 2013, 20 rehabilitation beds will be in place at the Central Australian Aboriginal Alcohol Programs Unit (CAAAPU). In full operation up to 800 problem drinkers will undertake rehabilitation in the Territory every year.
Source: Northern Territory Government media release
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