Mid-Year Review delivers positive news for mental health and AOD community
Following on from the 2017-18 State Budget, where the Commission gained an extra $61.7million over four years, there’s more good news for the mental health, alcohol and other drug (AOD) sector, with continued support for two programs.
The Treasurer handed down the 2017-18 Mid-Year Review outcomes in December, announcing continued support for the Statewide Specialist Aboriginal Mental Health Services (SSAMHS) and Methamphetamine Action Plan.
The Government has provided the Commission with an additional $18.2million to continue the SSAMHS, which were due to cease on 30 June this year.
$10.2million has been allocated to the SSAMHS in 2018-19, with the remainder available over the forward estimates to 2020-21. This decision secures the continuation of these services on an ongoing basis, and the funding will help transition the program into the Commission’s mainstream mental health service funding over three years.
The SSAMHS increase the accessibility and responsiveness of mainstream public mental health services for Aboriginal people with severe and persistent mental illness, and is a priority of the Mental Health, Alcohol and Other Drug Services Plan 2015-2025.
The second program to benefit was the Methamphetamine Action Plan, with $4.5million allocated from 2018-19 to 2020-21 to continue 13 community treatment positions in the Community Alcohol and Drug Services (CADS).
The CADS provide alcohol and other drug prevention and outpatient services, including for methamphetamine issues, to individuals and their families in the community. They are also an integral part of supporting entry to, and exit from, residential rehabilitation programs.
This is a good result for the Commission and the mental health, alcohol and other drug sector, which will help deliver better services to Western Australians into the future.