Manly Drug Education & Counselling Centre (MDECC) has announced a new name to reflect the expansion of their services for young people with alcohol and other drug addictions and their families.
MDECC will now be known as SDECC (Sydney Drug Education & Counselling Centre).
Russell Wolfe, Chairperson said “This name change respects our history, reputation and iconography as a community organisation but also reflects the growth and progress we are making to achieve our goals”
“We have retained the pine tree logo, as it is familiar to our clients and represents the evidence based, high quality service they currently receive, which will be maintained as the organisation grows. What has changed is the fact that we can offer this important service to more young people and their families across the region” he said.
SDECC will now provide services at facilities in Manly and the Chatswood area.
This has all been made possible following SDECC’s successful tender to provide a specialised non-residential intensive support program for our particularly vulnerable clients with Sydney North Primary Health Network (SNPHN). The funding for local services is part of the Government’s response to the National Ice Taskforce report.
SDECC will receive Federal funding to provide the intensive support program across both sites as an enhancement to existing services. Services will be provided to young people and their families in Mosman, North Sydney, Northern Beaches, Lane Cove, Ryde, Hornsby, Kuring-gai, Hunters Hill and Willoughby.
Susan Watson, CEO said “Many of our clients have very complex needs and require more support than what we can offer right now, which is counselling once a week. This funding will enable us to provide this client group with intensive counselling at least 2 times a week as well as the opportunity to attend specialised groups. We will also be able to work closely with other services these clients may be involved with to ensure a coordinated approach to their care.”
It is anticipated approximately 80 young people will access the program as part of their ongoing treatment and support.
“This is a very exciting time for us as a local organisation being given the opportunity to grow, resulting in more of the young people we work with being safe, out of the hospital system, out of the criminal justice system, contributing to their community and achieving their potential.” She said.
Press Release – 4th November, 2013
Manly Drug Education & Counselling Centre (MDECC) is celebrating 40 years of service to our community at it’s AGM on the 14th November, 2013.
Proudly, MDECC has retained its name and the location that it started with back in 1973. Apart from the name and the location, MDECC bears very little resemblance to the Centre that had its origins as a youth drop-in centre all those years ago.
Over the years MDECC has matured into a unique service that works with young people (aged 12 – 28 years), their families and the broader community to minimise the harms associated with alcohol and other drug use.
We now have 3 distinct programs operating across the continuum of drug use; Health Promotion, Targeted Intervention and Counselling & Treatment. MDECC is quality accredited by the Australian Council on Health Care Standards.
MDECC continues to work in partnership with local councils, health services, police & criminal justice system, schools and other non government organisations to make a difference in our community.
It is appropriate that MDECC and the Sydney Opera House should share a 40th year anniversary. MDECC, though in the shadow of the Opera House, remains an icon on the Northern Beaches providing a specialised range of alcohol and drug services to the local community since 1973.
Mr Graham Stone, MDECC Chairperson said “Over the past forty years there have literally been many thousands of young people and their families accessing our service. The number of staff who have worked for MDECC over this period is unclear, but what is clear is the quality and skills of the MDECC workforce both past and present.”
“MDECC treasures the community support we have and looks forward to many more years of providing a much needed service for young people and their families affected by alcohol and other drugs.”
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