Young people aged 10 to 19 with drug and alcohol problems will get earlier access to treatment with a $440,469 to boost support services in Tamworth.

Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson announced a $440,469 contract has been awarded to Non-Government Organisation (NGO) Centacare New England North West.

“We all acknowledge that every young person deserves to feel loved and supported and have the opportunity to succeed in life,” Mr Anderson said.

“I am 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, who have mental health issues, are experiencing homelessness, have been in contact with the justice system and are of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Island descent.

Across the State, the NSW Government has awarded contracts to 10 NGOs to provide new withdrawal and counselling services, predominantly in regional and rural areas.

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.

This announcement is part of a broader $75 million drug package over four years to tackle alcohol and drug misuse in our communities. 

Health Minister Brad Hazzard said the NSW Government has committed a record $208 million towards alcohol and other drug services in the 2017-18 Budget.

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