In a Victorian first, a specialist alcohol and drug withdrawal unit has been launched to help mothers get the treatment they need while still caring for their babies.
Minister for Mental Health Martin Foley was today joined by Member for Ivanhoe Anthony Carbines to open Uniting Care Regen’s Mother-Baby Alcohol and Other Drug Withdrawal Service in Ivanhoe.
The unit will deliver a tailored alcohol and other drug withdrawal program for mothers and babies up to 12 months old or walking stage.
While in the unit, mothers will receive full withdrawal services, and also develop strategies to reduce long term risks to their children, families and the wider community.
This will include providing extended support networks to mothers when they finish treatment.
Regen is one of the largest alcohol and other drug supported organisations in Victoria with a proven track record in counselling, support and education programs.
The Andrews Labor Government will provide almost $1 million a year to run the mother and baby unit.
In addition, the Labor Government is also investing $9.6 million over four years to expand the Families where a parent has a mental illness program across Victoria.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Mental Health Martin Foley
“For the last two years, we’ve been putting people first by ensuring those in need get timely, targeted support to get back on their feet.”
“Through our 10 Year Mental Health Plan and investments our focus is making sure people are the focus of the services we provide.”
“We know that the challenges of being a new parent are significant – on top of trying to withdraw from alcohol or drugs, so this unit fills a much needed gap in treatment services.”
Quote attributable to Member for Ivanhoe Anthony Carbines
“This unit provides a safe setting in which a mother can begin her journey to recovery, while also ensuring the safety and wellbeing of her baby.”
Reviewed 19 August 2020