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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2005 Week 6 Hansard (6 May) . . Page.. 2011..


(iv) what is the reason for any delay in finalising each project;

(v) when will the projects named in (a), (b) and (c) be opened for use; and

(vi) for how many clients will the projects named at (b) and (c) cater for.

Mr Corbell: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

(a) Bush Healing Farm

(i) To date, $85,000 has been spent on a service planning study.

(ii) The service planning study, including development of a procurement feasibility plan, is currently underway. It will identify a service model for residential drug and alcohol rehabilitation for Aboriginal people.

(iii) The study is to be completed in July 2005. Coordinating the involvement of relevant, local community representatives with the availability of the various services during the research phase has caused some delay.

(iv) See above.

(v) The process is that a business case is developed for consideration by Government in determining its annual capital works program. Completion dates are agreed at this time.

(b), (c) & (d) Mental Health Services

(i) To date, $69,402 has been spent on a service planning study related to high security mental health services and $35,308 has been spent on a service planning study for mental health service requirements for adults, adolescents and children.

(ii) The service planning study on high security mental health services identifies and assesses service models for a High Security Mental Health Facility. The service planning study for mental health services for adults, adolescents and children will identify and assess service requirements and service models.

(iii) The service planning study for the High Security Mental Health Facility was completed in October 2004 and the development of the procurement feasibility plan is underway. The service planning study for other mental health services is currently underway. The service planning study and procurement feasibility plans are to be completed in June 2005.

(iv) It was originally envisaged that these mental health projects would be conducted separately. However in the course of 2004, the Government decided it would be beneficial to assess the ACT's mental health facility needs as a whole. The Government established an interdepartmental committee to consider mental health forensic services for the ACT in March 2004. Progress towards a new Psychiatric Services Unit and Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services has been delayed pending finalisation of recommendations from the forensic IDC. The provision of high security services needs to be considered as part of the range of mental health services in the ACT.


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