Hon Helen Morton MLC

Hon Helen Morton MLC

Former Minister for Mental Health; Disability Services; Child Protection

    Minister to meet community on safety concerns

    4/01/2016 11:50 AM
     
    • Community representatives to meet Disability Services Minister to discuss safety measures at the Bennett Brook Disability Justice Centre

    Community concerns around the operation of the Bennett Brook Disability Justice Centre will be canvassed with resident representatives at a meeting with Disability Services Minister Helen Morton this week.

     

    Mrs Morton said she had always been and continued to be available to residents who wished to discuss aspects of the operation of the centre.

     

    "I have offered to meet with community representatives on Wednesday," the Minister said.

     

    "At that meeting I will be able to answer questions they have about the centre, its operations and its residents to the fullest extent that legislation allows."

     

    The centre houses people with intellectual or cognitive disability, or autism spectrum disorder, who have been charged with an offence but, due to their disability, are deemed unfit to plead and are not able to stand trial.

     

    Fact File

    • The Bennett Brook Disability Justice Centre operates in accordance with the Declared Places (Mentally Impaired Accused) Act 2015, which authorises the Disability Services Commission to operate the centre
    • For more information, visit http://www.disability.wa.gov.au/reform1/reform/disability-justice-centre   
    • The Mentally Impaired Accused Review Board makes recommendations to the Minister for Disability Services about the suitability of people for placement in the centre. Only people deemed as suitable will be eligible to live in the centre
    • The centre is located at a property which has been used by the Disability Services Commission to support people with intellectual disability for more than three decades 

     

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