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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2005 Week 11 Hansard (22 September) . . Page.. 3664..

(2) At the end of the 2004-05 financial year, $85,000 had been expended on the Bush Healing Centre and $50,000 had been recorded against the Adolescent Mental Health Services Infrastructure Plan.

(3) The Bush Healing Centre report will be completed in October 2005. The 3 Mental Health Reports are expected to be completed in October 2005.

Capital works-feasibility studies

(Question No 511)

Mr Smyth asked the Minister for Health, upon notice, on 23 August 2005:

(1) What is the purpose of the 'Crisis Assessment and Treatment Team - Feasibility Study' as funded in the Capital Works budget;

(2) Why as at the end of the March Quarter had there been nil expenditure on this project;

(3) What was the (a) status of this project and (b) total amount of expenditure on this project as at the end of the 2004-05;

(4) Was there an outstanding authorisation; if so, what was the total;

(5) Has this feasibility study been completed; if so, when and what did it reveal; if not, why not, and when will it be completed.

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

(1) To establish the most cost effective arrangements for providing mental health crisis services, including accommodation arrangements.

(2) This project was one of three projects (plus New Psychiatric Secure Unit and Adolescent Mental Health Services Infrastructure Plan) which are being undertaken by the same consultant. Work started late in 2004 and at the time of reporting, no expenditure had been recorded against this project funding allocation.

(3) This project has been undertaken by external consultants and is progressing. A final report is expected to be provided by the end of September 2005. It is expected that expenditure will be recorded against the project in the 1st Quarter of 2005-06.

(4) The balance of funding unexpended on the project at the end of the 2004-05 year was $100,000.

(5) No. The study is considering a number of complex issues related to the provision of various mental health services. The consultants are progressing the study, with the report to be finalised in September 2005.

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