About us

A Western Australian community that experiences minimal alcohol and other drug-related harms and optimal mental health

The Mental Health Commission strives to establish mental health, alcohol and other drug systems that meet the needs of Western Australia’s population and deliver quality outcomes for individuals and their families. Our mission is to be a respected leader in commissioning, providing and partnering in the delivery of:

  • prevention, promotion and early intervention programs
  • treatment, services and supports
  • research, policy and system improvements.

On 1 July 2015, the Mental Health Commission and the Drug and Alcohol Office amalgamated, establishing an integrated approach to mental health and alcohol and other drugs service delivery for Western Australia. The merger recognises that commonly, drug and alcohol and mental health problems co-exist. Studies estimate that at least 30% to 50% of people with mental health or alcohol or other drug problems have co-occurring problems.

We do not provide direct mental health services, but purchase services for the State from a range of providers including public Health Service Providers, a wide range of non-government organisations and private service providers. Since the amalgamation we are also responsible for the network of drug and alcohol treatment services and programs formerly provided or purchased by the Drug and Alcohol Office.

We are guided by the Western Australian Mental Health, Alcohol and Other Drug Services Plan 2015-2025, which sets out the optimal mix and level of mental health, alcohol and other drug services required for the people of Western Australia.

For more information about our role see our Annual Reports or the Our services pages.

Our Vision

A Western Australian community that experiences minimal alcohol and other drug-related harms and optimal mental health.

Our Mission

To be an effective leader of alcohol, drug and mental health commissioning, providing and partnering in the delivery of person-centred and evidence-based:

  • Prevention, promotion and early intervention programs;
  • Treatment, services and supports; and
  • Research, policy and system improvements.

Our Values

We value:

  • Respect for individuals and culture
  • Working together and supporting each other
  • Involving and engaging others
  • Ownership, transparency and accountability
  • Fair and ethical decisions
  • Improvement focus