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Twelve new drug beds to be funded in Tasmanian town to combat Ice -

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ELEANOR HALL: To Tasmania now where the Government has announced that the Salvation Army has won the tender to provide 12 rehabilitation places for ice addicts.

The places will be opened at Burnie, the hometown of independent Senator Jacquie Lambie, who recently revealed in Parliament that her son is one Burnie's ice addicts.

Felicity Ogilvie has our report.

FELICITY OGILVIE: There are so many people on ice in Burnie that there's a month-long waiting list to get into the local detox centre.

The Supervisor of Serenity House, Jeanette Jensen, has five beds and they are all full.

JEANETTE JENSEN: I'm seeing young people in their 20s at this moment in the house, I have four men, I've got five men, one's alcohol. The other four, ice is all an issue along with other drugs. They all have another drug as well but lovely young men, so much potential but just, their lives have collapsed around them.

FELICITY OGILVIE: Soon the ice addicts who get clean will have a local residential program to go to.

The State Government is giving the Salvation Army almost $900,000 to open up 12 beds at Burnie.

The Salvation Army's Social Programs Secretary for Tasmania, Stuart Foster, says the former drug users will spend 14 weeks living on site.

STUART FOSTER: We'll be running a lot of programs, diversionary programs but also group work and individual work and case facilitation with those particular clients that enter the rehabilitation centre.

So it'll be modelled on our current model that we're running in Hobart and in other centres across Australia.

FELICITY OGILVIE: The Salvation Army won't take on people who are still addicted to ice and alcohol.

STUART FOSTER: They already need to be detoxed off the drugs or off alcohol for a certain period of time. So, they will need to be, need to have made that commitment before they can enter residential services. So residential services aren't detox centres and there are ways in which people can detox in the community before they enter rehabilitation.

FELICITY OGILVIE: Detox services will still be run by City Mission.

Jeanette Jensen says they are still looking for government funding so they can also open more beds but she supports the Salvation Army's new centre.

JEANETTE JENSEN: We do refer people to longer term rehab. Obviously we refer to our own mission now. We refer on occasion to the mainland, but to have something so close and with an organisation that we work with very closely anyway, as it is at the moment our clients go in and do the day bridge program with the Salvos Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday every week.

We have a great relationship with them. To actually have 14 weeks rehab to refer our clients to will be fantastic.

FELICITY OGILVIE: Stuart Foster from the Salvation Army says they will also look after people after they finish the residential program

STUART FOSTER: If someone's left the residential program, then they may get some support in their home when they return to their community. For some people returning to their own community is not an option because that community may have contributed to their addictions and they're not able to cope with that.

So the Salvation Army will help people walk through that process. It may be that they've got to step into some sort of accommodation as well, so the Salvation Army will assist people in moving on from residential, in whatever terms that might mean, and assist them into housing.

FELICITY OGILVIE: The Salvation Army is hoping to be able to open the new beds in Burnie by November.

ELEANOR HALL: Felicity Ogilvie reporting from Hobart.