The Northern Territory Government has announced it will amend its proposed manadatory alcohol treatment legislation.
The changes will aim to reduce the time for assessment of clients and put in place a change to the punishment on those who escape from treatment centres.
Under the plan, problem drinkers put in Police Protective Custody three times in two months will face clinical assessment for mandatory treatment.
The NT Minister for Health, Robyn Lambley, says the amendments to the bill are being made following criticism that the legislation criminalises drunkenness.
(Audio - Robyn Lambley)
Meanwhile, a group of peak organisation in the Territory, including the Central Land Council and Aboriginal Medical Services Alliance, says the Government should scrap the scheme entirely, rather than trying to make changes.