IT may have taken 18 months, but the tender to turn a sobering-up house on Eveline Road into a methamphetamine intervention centre has been awarded.
Cyrenian House, a not-for-profit non-government organisation that has been operating in the alcohol and other drug sector since 1981, have been awarded the service provider tender, worth $1.76 million annually, to manage what is officially known as the Midland Intervention Centre, a short-term, 6-bed crisis facility.
Health Minister Roger Cook announced the development of the centre, along with a raft of other measures, in May 2019 in response to the Meth Action Taskforce report.
A construction tender for transforming the run-down Eveline House into a crisis facility has been advertised and the State Government is currently assessing tenders.
A Mental Health Commission spokesperson said the low-medical withdrawal service will incorporate fast-tracked planned access, an extended length of stay to assist in the stabilisation of mood and behavioural issues, assertive engagement and follow up, and family support for people with methamphetamine and other drug issues.
“The treatment provided will be person centred with each client working with staff to develop an individual plan,” the spokesperson said.
“The service will work assertively to support a client’s transition to ongoing treatment and support according to their individual needs.”
The Centre, which is due for completion in 2021, is expected to support up to 117 people per year to withdraw from drug and alcohol issues and refer them into treatment, so they can go on to live fulfilling and healthy lives within our community.
City of Swan chief executive Mike Foley said the City looks forward to the opening of the centre which will help make Western Australia a healthier and safer place.