East Perth youth rehabilitation centre DAYS goes from six to 10 beds

Mental Health Minister Roger Cook and Mission Australia State Director WA Jo Sadler.
Mental Health Minister Roger Cook and Mission Australia State Director WA Jo Sadler.

WA’S only detox and respite centre for youths struggling with meth expanded the number of beds in the program from six to 10 last week.

Drug and Alcohol Youth Service (DAYS) in East Perth, which provides a three-week detox program for people aged 12 to 21 years old also had its floor space doubled with a grant from the Mental Health Commission.

Mission Australia State Director Jo Sadler said the expansion was a reaction to the increasing number of people with drug habit coming forward for help.

“More than 50 per cent of our clients are now reporting that methamphetamine is their main drug of choice, and these young people often have complex needs,” she said.

She said coming off addictions without medical support and rehabilitation could be extremely difficult.