Children and adolescents, their families and carers in the Kimberley are receiving improved access to specialist mental health services with the appointment of a new child, adolescent and youth psychiatrist position.
An extra 60 beds are now available for people who want treatment for methamphetamine addiction.
The Mental Health Commission is opening new step-up step-down mental health facilities throughout Western Australia to help people manage their mental health close to home. The facilities provide short-term residential support for people following hospitalisation for mental illness, or at risk of deteriorating mental health. For some people this can be the best option to promote recovery.
On 1 November, Minister for Mental Health Andrea Mitchell MLA announced $6.1 million worth of new drug and alcohol treatment beds will be located in the Perth metropolitan, South West, Goldfields, Midwest and Pilbara regions.
The 2016-17 Budget includes a record $865.8 million for the Mental Health Commission to purchase and deliver services on behalf of the WA community.