We are excited to announce the opening of our Chatswood Service from 4th September, 2017. SDECC’s Chatswood Service will be open Mondays and Tuesdays and continue to operate under the same model as our Manly Service, providing specialised counselling services for young people aged 14-25 years old with problematic substance use and any associated mental health problems. The Chatswood service will be a family inclusive service, offering support for parents affected by their son/daughter’s substance use. “I am very excited that our second site is opening as this means our specialised youth counselling service is accessible to more young people and their families in the region.” Said Susan Watson, CEO SDECC.
“ This has all been made possible, following funding provided by the Sydney North Primary Health Network”. She said.
SDECC’s Chatswood Service will be located at 30 Devonshire Street, Chatswood (same location as headspace Chatswood). To contact us at Chatswood or make a referral, please call SDECC on (02) 9977 0711.
Chatswood opening hours: Monday 9am-5pm, Tuesdays 10am-5:30pm.
Sydney Drug Education & Counselling Centre has been awarded a Commended in the Treatment and Support category for the 2017 National Alcohol and other Drug Excellence and Innovation Awards.
The Award recognises a program or service that has made a significant contribution to treatment and support efforts designed to assist those Australians who have been impacted by alcohol and other drug use. Nominations in this category had to be based on established scientific evidence, designed to address a current gap in knowledge and/or service delivery and had to go above and beyond business as usual.
“This is a very proud moment for SDECC. It is such an honour to be acknowledged for the work we do.” Said Susan Watson, CEO
“As centre of excellence we are committed to providing a model of evidence-based, outcome focussed counselling and support services for young people aged 14 to 25 years with problematic use of alcohol and other drugs, and their families.
Our model focuses on keeping the young people with whom we work safe, out of hospital, out of the criminal justice system, contributing to their community and achieving their potential.
Recognition by the Australian Alcohol and Drug Foundation is hugely motivating for the team, who work with highly complex, vulnerableyoung people every day.” She said.
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.