Youth Treatment Orders

Drug dependency can have a devastating impact on young people, their futures and their families, and can have negative impacts on the broader community.

The Government of South Australia has established the Youth Treatment Orders program to help young people and their families address drug dependency through specialised treatment.

The Controlled Substances (Youth Treatment Orders) Amendment Act 2019 passed in Parliament and was assented to on 21 November 2019. It will commence operation on a date to be fixed by proclamation.

The new legislation will provide the option of Court ordered treatment for children and young people experiencing drug dependency. The effective implementation of this legislation will require close consultation and collaboration between key stakeholders including health, child protection and justice agencies. An Interagency Working Group has been established to provide advice to the Government on the most appropriate model of care to address youth substance dependence and to guide the implementation of the legislation. Community consultation on the Draft Model of Care underpinning the initiative will commence in 2020.