The Liberal National Government today opened the State's second community step-up, step-down mental health care facility.
The Rockingham community step-up, step-down service will provide short-term residential support and individualised care for people following hospitalisation for mental illness, or at risk of deteriorating mental health.
Mental Health Minister Andrea Mitchell said the 10-bed short-term residential service was the second of five such facilities planned for Western Australia.
"Planning and establishing these facilities is one of the most significant mental health reforms introduced by this Government," Ms Mitchell said.
"We know that by offering recovery-focused care, close to support from family and friends, and by strengthening services in the community, we can provide more effective care as well as reduce demand for hospital beds.
"In 2015-16, an acute-care mental health bed in a WA hospital cost on average $1,384 a day, compared with $595 in a community step-up, step-down service."
Step-up, step-down services promote recovery and independence by removing much of the trauma and stigma that can result from time spent in hospital due to mental health issues.
The South Metropolitan Health Service will provide the on-site clinical support services, with non-government organisation, Mind Australia providing recovery oriented support services.
"This is an innovative partnership between State Government and a community organisation, providing West Australians with the best value and outcomes for their healthcare dollar," the Minister said.
From the 804 admissions to the State's first community step-up, step-down service in Joondalup, only 32 admissions (4%) were referred on to inpatient hospital care
In line with the Western Australian Mental Health, Alcohol and Other Drug Services Plan 2015-2025: Better Choices. Better Lives, the Mental Health Commission is progressing plans to establish community step-up, step-down facilities in Bunbury, Karratha and Broome
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