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The Buttery, based at Binna Burra, is starting a new in-community program for local drug addicted youth. Photo The Buttery

The Buttery has received $257,000 to assist young people aged 10 to 19 with drug and alcohol problems to help them get earlier access to treatment.

‘The Buttery has a number of programs for people in the community, but this is an issue in this are and this will give us the opportunity to reach more people in the community,’ said Chris Benaud

Development Manager at The Buttery.

The announcement was made by local National and Liberal members today who highlighted that ‘Every young person deserves to feel loved and supported and have the opportunity to succeed in life.’

MPs Thomas George, Ben Franklin, Chris Gulaptis and Geoff Provest said ‘We are committed to tackling alcohol and drug misuse and ensuring that our young people receive the same quality healthcare as anyone else in the state.’

The new services will focus on young people who are experiencing moderate to severe substance use, or who are homeless, have mental health concerns, or are of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Island descent and those who have had contact with the justice system.

The services will provide tailored care, including medical and mental health services and housing and employment support, as well as help young people reconnect with family where possible.

‘The need is for continuity of care – a way to keep in touch, counselling and to ensure they are connected. It is often the lack of connection that is at the heart of addiction,’ said Mr Benaud.

‘We use a wholistic approach and this will form a part of the broader program.’

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  1. Will be interesting to find out more….I have a 16yo with issues and I couldn’t believe that detoxes and rehabs won’t take people under 18 (or sometimes 21).


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