More funding for addiction services

Southern health services that help youth struggling with addiction have been granted more funding by the Minsitry of Health.

Health Minister Tony Ryall and Associate Health Minister Todd McClay today announced an extra $860,000 for youth addiction services in the Southern and Northland District Health Board catchments.

Both District Health Boards were granted the funding to build on existing youth services in Dunedin, rural Otago, Southland.

Associate Health Minister Todd McClay said this would enhance current services and create a stronger link between addiction services, mental health professionals and community health services, such as general practices. 

"We want young people to have the best opportunities in life. This is another example of our commitment to ensuring young people have the support and services available to them when they need them,'' Mr McClay said.

The decision to award Northland and Southern DHBs contracts for enhanced Youth Addiction Treatment Services came after a registration of interest process. 

Six proposals were shortlisted, with all receiving additional funding.

The funding comes from the Drivers of Crime investment package, which delivers $10 million annually to support alcohol and drug intervention and assessment programs and associated training activities across justice and health settings.