Hon Colin Barnett MEc MLA

Hon Colin Barnett MEc MLA

Former Premier; Minister for Tourism; Science

Hon Andrea Mitchell BPE DipEd MLA

Hon Andrea Mitchell BPE DipEd MLA

Former Minister for Mental Health; Child Protection

Hon Terry Redman MLA

Hon Terry Redman MLA

Former Minister for Regional Development; Lands; Minister Assisting the Minister for State Development

    Our State Budget 2016-17: Supporting and protecting our community - Big mental health commitment in State Budget

    4/05/2016 9:00 AM
     
    • State Budget to deliver for WA's most vulnerable 

    Next week's State Budget will deliver a record $865.8 million to the Mental Health Commission, representing an 83.9 per cent increase to the sector since 2008-09.

     

    Opening the Western Australian Council of Social Services (WACOSS) State Conference today, Premier Colin Barnett said $14.7 million would be added to the commission's Budget in 2016-17.

     

    "This will ensure crucial help such as a State-wide network of alcohol and other drug services, mental health treatment services delivered by Government and not-for-profit agencies and the promotion of a better understanding of mental illness, continues to receive strong Government support," Mr Barnett said.

     

    Mental Health and Child Protection Minister Andrea Mitchell said a key commitment was $19.2 million over three years for the North West Drug and Alcohol Support Program, funded through Royalties for Regions.

     

    "In the State's north-west, where drug and alcohol-related harm is among the highest in Australia, this program has already resulted in a more than 35 per cent increase in the delivery of community treatment services and an associated reduction in drug and alcohol use," she said.

     

    The commission's Budget would also deliver funding for dedicated youth and adolescent mental health beds at Perth Children's Hospital and Fiona Stanley Hospital.

     

    "With these beds, the Government has now doubled the number of dedicated youth and adolescent mental health beds in WA to 40 since elected in 2008," Ms Mitchell said.

     

    The Premier said the current economic environment meant there was a need to find new ways of working in partnership to support all West Australians to live full and meaningful lives.

     

    This included focusing on prevention and early intervention and creating better integrated service systems closer to home, which means people can choose treatment options that allow them to continue with their normal lives while receiving treatment.

     

    "Despite the constrained fiscal circumstances, we have prioritised areas of social need," Mr Barnett said.

     

    Next week's State Budget would see a 118 per cent increase in funding to the Disability Services Commission since 2008-09 and the Department for Child Protection and Family Support's Budget would increase by 82 per cent in the same time frame.

     

    The scale of Government contracting with the not-for-profit sector has increased from $1.43 billion in 2014-15 to $1.65 billion in 2015-16, an increase of about $850 million since 2010-11.

     

    Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said Royalties for Regions was continuing to invest in strategic regional health initiatives to enhance regional WA services and infrastructure.

     

    "Investment in mental health support infrastructure and services is fundamental to the ongoing viability and development of regional WA, and the State Government will continue to invest Royalties for Regions funds in key community projects that enable regions to grow," Mr Redman said.

     

    Fact File

    • The 2016-17 Disability Services Commission Budget will be $944.9 million, which includes $231.5 million from the Australian Government and other sources
    • The Department for Child Protection and Family Support's Budget in 2016-17 will be $640.2 million
    • The State Government has heavily invested in the relationship between the public and not-for-profit community sectors 

    Premier's office - 6552 5000

    Mental Health and Child Protection Minister's office - 6552 5400

    Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6700