Michelle Lensink

Drug Court

A question put forward to the Hon. P. HOLLOWAY (Minister for Mineral Resources Development, Minister for Urban Development and Planning, Minister for Small Business) regarding the drug court.

The Hon. J.M.A. LENSINK (26 September 2007). Can the Attorney-General advise:

1. (a) Does the Drug Court have brokerage funds for counselling services?

(b) What level of funding is available?

(c) Which providers have received funding and how much has each received?

2. (a) Does the Youth Court have brokerage funds for counselling services?

(b) What level of funding is available?

(c) Which providers have received funding and how much has each received?

The Hon. P. HOLLOWAY (Minister for Mineral Resources Development, Minister for Urban Development and Planning, Minister for Small Business): The Attorney-General has provided the following information:

1. (a) Drug and Alcohol Services SA provides counselling for Drug Court participants and is funded for this service directly by the Department of Health. The Courts Administration Authority also receives some funding for the Drug Court from the Department of Health. A portion of these funds is used as brokerage funds for psychological services. These services are provided for participants who have complicated needs that cannot be met through counselling, such as mental health problems, personality disorders and drug addiction.

(b) About $11,000 was available in 2007-08 for these services.

(c) UniSA Psychology Clinic is the main service provider and it received $11,760 in 2006-07. Other clinical psychologists are used occasionally. $558 in 2006-07 was remitted to Payneham Road Psychology, which is a private practice.

2. The Youth Court has no brokerage funds for counselling services.

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