RPS has helped non-profit drug and alcohol service, Lives Lived Well, to secure $986,000 in Round Three of the National Stronger Regions Fund (NSRF) for an expansion of its Logan House rehabilitation facility at Chambers Flat.
The Federal Government’s funding commitment represents almost half of the $1.97 million required to create six new family units which will allow parents with young children to receive intensive drug and alcohol rehabilitation support.
RPS’ Economics team worked closely with Lives Lived Well (LLW) to help the organisation quantify local need for residential drug and alcohol rehabilitation services and develop the comprehensive business case that helped secure funding under the NSRF.
Measurement of need leads to Fed funding commitment
RPS Regional Technical Director for Economics, Mark Wallace, said the analysis revealed a critical unmet need for residential treatment options for parents with young children in South East Queensland; a need that will only increase in the future.
“Our modelling revealed that there will be demand for 98 residential treatment episodes by parents with young children in 2016 in the wider catchment of Logan House, and this will grow by another 50% by 2036,” Mr Wallace said.
Expansion will help but more services needed
The Federal funding commitment to Logan House’s expansion under the NSRF will help LLW add at least six treatment beds for adults, and a further 16 beds for children. Despite this, the increased capacity will only go part of the way in meeting the area’s overall demand.
“This expansion is great for families who need residential treatment for drug and alcohol addiction, but more capacity is needed. The expanded Logan House will be able to accommodate only 15% of the total need for the catchment in 2016, falling to 9% by 2036 as demand for services grows.”
Mr Wallace said it has been a great opportunity to help Lives Lived Well gain the funding needed to support those in our community who are struggling with addiction.
“We hope that more government funding can be devoted to programmes and organisations that can help to meet the growing needs of the community,” Mr Wallace concluded.
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18 October 2016