- $61.7 million boost for mental health prevention, community and treatment services to better support WA communities
- Increased mental health care and options to treat alcohol and other drug-related harms
Increased mental health support and treatment options will be available to Western Australians as part of the first stage of the McGowan Labor Government's plan for mental health and mental health recovering services.
An overall increase of $61.7 million over four years will be invested in mental health and programs to support the community's response to reducing alcohol and other drug-related harms.
Initiatives funded include treatment and support services as part of a State-wide, integrated Methamphetamine Action Plan.
Additional funding is being made available to support health service providers to deliver public mental health hospital and community treatment services.
Services in the community
- $7.3 million 10-bed community mental health Step Up/Step Down facility in Kalgoorlie;
- $11.2 million for a Step Up/Step Down facility in Bunbury;
- $12.3 million for a Step Up/Step Down facility in Karratha;
- $12 million over three years to ensure the continuation of 60 withdrawal and rehabilitation beds that would otherwise cease operations from mid-2018;
- $200,000 to identify the 'gaps' in service for alcohol and other drug treatment services in the Kimberley and undertake necessary planning;
- $200,000 to explore a service model for Mental Health Recovery Colleges;
- $18 million over three years to increase access to treatment and residential rehabilitation in the South-West, as part of the McGowan Labor Government's Methamphetamine Action Plan; and
- $360,000 for a two-year peer-support based Ice Breakers trial in Albany.
Acute and specialised care
- An additional $12.4 million in 2017-18 for Specialised Mental Health Services, both inpatient beds and community treatment, to bring total spending to $686 million.
- $399,000 over three years to deliver a 3 Tier Youth Mental Health Program in the Peel region, which includes mental health awareness raising, school workshops and counselling sessions to reduce the rate of intentional self-harm and suicide; and
- $100,000 over two years for a mental health awareness program with a focus on young people through grassroots sport (NRL State of Mind program).
Targeted initiatives to assist young people, people who have attempted suicide, regional and Aboriginal communities, the construction industry, and the LGBTI community will also be provided in 2017-18.
The State Government will continue critical programs in suicide prevention, diversion programs in conjunction with the justice system, and alcohol and other drug services including helplines and specialised clinical services.
For more 2017-18 State Budget information, visit http://www.ourstatebudget.wa.gov.au
Comments attributed to Mental Health Minister Roger Cook:
"The McGowan Labor Government is getting on with the job to deliver our plan for mental health and mental health recovering services.
"Our focus is on building strong communities, safer communities and providing support for families by delivering a sustainable health system that puts patients first, enhancing community safety and tackling the meth scourge with a comprehensive Meth Action Plan.
"With one in five experiencing mental health issues in any one year, suicide remains the leading cause of death for 15 to 44-year-olds, and alcohol and other drug-related harms continuing to impact our communities, our investment in these services is a high priority.
"Working closely with health service providers, we can strengthen support services and provide Western Australian families and people in need with more access to mental health treatment, prevention tools and strategies."
Comments attributed to Treasurer Ben Wyatt:
"Improving mental health and destigmatising mental health issues are a priority for the McGowan Labor Government.
"We need to send a message, particularly to young and vulnerable Western Australians, that help is available.
"This budget delivers an increase in funding of $61.7 million over four years, including $12.9 million in 2017-18, towards mental health services and infrastructure."
Mental Health Minister's office - 6552 6500
Treasurer's office - 6552 5900