19 October 2011
Media Release – for immediate release
Platform hails Government’s $10m drug and alcohol treatment package as major progress
Platform, the national network of mental health and addiction NGOs, has hailed today’s Government announcement of an
additional $10m for alcohol and drug treatment as a major step forward.
Platform chief executive Marion Blake said that the investment package to reduce harm from alcohol and drug abuse was an
“This significant investment will absolutely begin to address some of the most serious and damaging issues within our
communities,” said Ms Blake.
“It demonstrates that the Government is listening to the people who work at the front line and who have been talking
about the hugely damaging impact that drug and alcohol abuse has on the lives of individuals and families across our
“The focus on training for front line staff, the early intervention initiatives including nationally consistent enhanced
services for youth and the five year Drug Court pilot are all pragmatic and far-sighted and will provide a vital boost
for community organisations throughout New Zealand.”
Platform provides a contact point for nationwide feedback on issues that relate to mental health and addiction NGOs. It
aims to give voice to matters that impact on community organisations’ ability to provide services and to promote the
role of New Zealand’s health and disability community sector nationally and internationally.