State Cabinet tour to launch collaborative care clinic in Joondalup

Mental Health Minister Helen Morton and Cyrenian House chief executive  Carol Daws (right) at the launch of the Joondalup office of the North Metro Community Alcohol and Drug Service.  Picture: David Baylis                                                    d443333
Mental Health Minister Helen Morton and Cyrenian House chief executive Carol Daws (right) at the launch of the Joondalup office of the North Metro Community Alcohol and Drug Service. Picture: David Baylis d443333

STATE Cabinet’s tour of the northern suburbs this month was used to officially launch a mental health, alcohol and drug clinic that opened in June.

Mental Health Minister Helen Morton visited the North Metropolitan Community Alcohol and Drug Service on Clarke Crescent, Joondalup on September 7.

Originally a counselling service on Davidson Terrace, Mrs Morton said the bigger facility gave people access to medical services.

Those include opiate and alcohol pharmacotherapy treatment, medical reviews and clinical psychology as well as outpatient counselling, prevention and diversion programs.

The minister said the expansion helped the service, which was a partnership between the Mental Health Commission’s Next Step clinical service and non-government organisation Cyrenian House, meet the demands of a growing population.

Staff at the service identify and respond to clients with both mental health and alcohol and drug problems.

“Extra clinical staff will enable the delivery of a new medical in-reach service to Joondalup Health Campus, Ramsay Health Care and the Joondalup catchment area Mental Health Services,” Mrs Morton said.

“The in-reach team will provide specialist alcohol and drug treatment to hospital and mental health service clients.

“The St John of God-operated Drug and Alcohol Withdrawal Network is also now provided from the north metropolitan service, to deliver detoxification services into clients’ homes.”

The 2014-15 State Budget allocated $5.4 million over four years to expand the North Metropolitan Community Alcohol and Drug Service, including an $822,230 grant for the office to relocate.

Call the clinic at 10 Clarke Crescent, Joondalup on 9301 3200.