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$61.7 million new funding to Mental Health, and Alcohol and Other Drugs

Published on 8 Sep 2017

The State Government has announced the 2017-18 State Budget with new funding decisions adding $61.7 million (new recurrent and capital funding) to the provision of mental health, alcohol and other drug services.

Initiatives funded in the 2017-18 budget include:

  • $7.3 million for the establishment of the 10 bed Kalgoorlie Step Up/Step Down community mental health service;
  • $18 million over three years to commence operations of a 33 bed residential rehabilitation service in the South West;
  • $12 million over three years for the continuation of the already operational 60 low medical withdrawal and residential rehabilitation beds across the State. This includes 52 residential rehabilitation beds and eight low medical withdrawal beds;
  • $200,000 for consultation, analysis and modelling of alcohol and other drug services in the Kimberley to inform the development of a business case for the consideration of Government;
  • $200,000 to develop a comprehensive recovery college model for Western Australia;
  • $180,000 per year for a two year trial of the Icebreakers Program in Albany as part of the Methamphetamine Action Plan;
  • $133,000 per year for three years to GP Down South to provide a 3 Tier Youth Mental Health Program, which raises awareness, provides school workshops about mental health and counselling sessions in the Peel area; and
  • $100,000 for the National Rugby League’s State of Mind Program which provides tools and strategies to grassroots clubs to manage mental health, increase social support for young people and their families, and provide links to support services.

Mental Health Portfolio Budget

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