- Albany to be home to the first regional community mental health step up/step down service in WA
- $21 million funding for similar mental health service in Broome, Bunbury, Geraldton, Kalgoorlie and Karratha
- Newly released videos detail real life stories from the existing community mental health step up/step down services located in Joondalup and Rockingham
The first regional community mental health step up/step down service is expected to open its doors to consumers in October 2018.
Community mental health step up/step down services are a State Government initiative to provide vital short-term residential support and individualised care. They can reduce hospital admissions by providing support to people experiencing a mental health episode in the community, they also serve as a transition for people being discharged from hospital.
The aim of the publicly funded step up/step down service is to support people in the community, in areas close to their personal network of family and friends. The new service will benefit people already living in Albany, but who currently don't have access to comprehensive support.
The State Government will invest over $21 million in capital funding over the next three years in community mental health step up/step downs to progress the establishment of the services in Broome, Bunbury, Geraldton, Kalgoorlie and Karratha. This funding is in addition to almost $6 million in 2018/19 provided for the existing step up/step down services in Joondalup and Rockingham, and the new service in Albany.
The Mental Health Commission has appointed Neami National as the service provider to operate the Albany service. Neami National has been operating the Joondalup Community mental health step up/step down service since 2013.
To assist in developing greater understanding of the Community mental health step up/step down services within the community, the Mental Health Commission has produced five short videos that demonstrate the value of the service from the perspective of people who have used the service and from people who work within the services.
For more information on community mental health step up/step down services or to watch the videos visit
Comments attributed to Mental Health Minister Roger Cook:
"Offering appropriate community mental health services is vital to ensure people who need help get the best possible treatment, it also frees up beds in our hospitals.
"The McGowan government has committed to spend over $21 million on new mental health support services for regional communities in WA. This is in addition to the recently announced Geraldton Health Campus expansion, which includes an acute psychiatric unit and a mental health observation area.
"The videos released by the Commission give the public a valuable insight into just how much these services support people in the community. As Minister for Mental Health I will continue to work towards improving the mental health and wellbeing of all West Australians."
Minister's office: 6552 6500