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A record $1.114 billion investment in mental health, alcohol and other drug services

Published on 9 Sep 2021

The 2021-22 WA State Budget has been handed down by the Treasurer, with a record $1.114 billion investment in mental health, alcohol and other drug services in Western Australia.

This is an increase of 10.9% from the previous budget.

Key initiatives in the 2021-22 budget include;

  • $9.5 million over four years for Psychosocial Support Packages for Young People
  • $18.2 million over four years for the Youth Long-Term Housing and Support Program
  • $10.6 million over four years to establish a Youth Mental Health and Alcohol and Other Drug Step Up Step Down Service
  • $14.8 million over four years for the South Hedland Step Up Step Down service
  • $9.8 million for Youth Alcohol and Other Drug Workers in Youth Accommodation and Support Services
  • $9.2 million over the next four-years to extend the Strong Spirit Strong Mind Public Education Campaign
  • $2.5 million over 4 years for a 20 bed AOD withdrawal and rehabilitation facility, plus $10 million for capital works
  • $21 million over four years for the Mental Health Co-Response program
  • $31.7 million over 4 years to expand Western Australia’s eating disorder treatment services
  • $12.6 million has been allocated to establish a new Child, Adolescent and Youth Forensic Outreach Service
  • $10 million has been allocated over 4 years for the expansion of youth mental health community treatments services - Youth Axis, YouthLink and YouthReach South
  • $0.4 million to continue the peer-based support and education for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex, Queer/questioning, Asexual (LGBTIQA+) youth
  • $17.6 million over four years to establish a Social and Emotional Wellbeing Model of Service Pilot Program  
  • $6.7 million for the expansion of the Alcohol. Think Again – Parents, Young People and Alcohol Campaign
  • $39.7 million over four years for the Immediate Drug Assistance Coordination Centre
  • $8.6 million over four years for Next Step Drug and Alcohol service in Mandurah
  • $35.3 million over 4 years for the expansion of the Youth Community Assessment and Treatment Teams
  • $5.6 million over four years for the expansion of the Parent and Family Drug Support program.

More information on the budget commitments can be found here

Read more about the Budget Commitments

Read the Government's Media Statement here

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