Early Intervention is Key for Nambucca and Bellingen Youth

31 Jul 17

Nationals Member for Cowper Luke Hartsuyker is pleased that more support will be provided for drug and alcohol addicted young people in Cowper, with today’s announcement by the North Coast Primary Health Network that an important drug and alcohol early intervention program will commence in Bellingen and Nambucca Heads.

Under the Federal Government’s National ICE Action Strategy, a total of just over $225,000 has been granted to The Buttery to run the Young People’s Alcohol and other Drugs Early Intervention Program in Bellingen and Nambucca Heads from April 2017 to June 2019.

“The future health of our regional communities relies on us looking after our community’s young people, and helping them tackle the scourge of drugs head-on,” Mr Hartsuyker said.

“The sooner we’re able to help drug and alcohol addicted teenagers and young adults, the more we can minimise the damage caused.

“If these young people can free themselves from their addiction early in life, they will still be able to go on to lead healthy, successful lives.

“We need to enable young people to make this decision and free themselves from their addiction, and that is exactly what this funding commitment will mean for young people in Bellingen and Nambucca Heads.”

This Young People’s Alcohol and other Drugs Early Intervention Program will provide free services for young people aged 12 to 24 which will include responsible and personalised treatment plans equipped to support increased resilience to things in life which contribute to a young person’s alcohol and drug use.

The program will utilise headspace Coffs Harbour and local high schools as well as employment, housing and primary health care providers, to provide great support.

It also offers a single point of contact for families and carers to find support and information, delivered using non-judgemental and culturally aware framework which promotes inclusion.

Support, consultancy and training will be provided for youth workers in the social services sector, as part of this funding.

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