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Draft WA legislation for compulsory alcohol and drug addiction treatment made public

Date posted: 9 December 2016

Draft Western Australian legislation that would make it compulsory for some people with severe alcohol or drug addiction to undergo treatment was released today for public comment by the West Australian Mental Health Commission.

The exposure draft bill identifies legislation that would require people to undergo compulsory treatment, and to recieve government monitor and support for up to 12 weeks. Mental Health Minister, Andrea Mitchell, said that the proposed legislation would help people who were a risk to themselves or to others as a result of an addiction.

'The proposed program builds on the current range of voluntary treatment services available in Western Australia. After compulsory treatment in a designated treatment centre, people will be offered ongoing assistance to stay in the program for another nine months of voluntary residential rehabilitation and support,' said Minister Mitchell.

The Minister said that the proposed legislation may allow those receiving compulsory treatment to have access to independent advocacy and review.

Although the legislation is understood to be refined and provided to the government for consideration at some point in February 2017, Minister Mitchell has invited people in the community to continue providing feedback until January 31, 2017.

Source: Government of Western Australia Media Statements

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Last updated: 12 December 2016
 
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