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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 10 Hansard (23 September) . . Page.. 4515..


(3) All options to access accommodation in the government and community sector are undertaken. Emergency accommodation services such as Samaritan House and Toora Women's Shelter would be considered in the first instance. Other options but not limited to include Richmond Fellowship, Catholic Care, Canberra men's Centre and Inanna. Mental Health ACT currently manages a number of group houses supported by the Mobile Intensive Treatment Team and this option is considered in the context of vacancies and resident interpersonal mix.

(4) Accommodation at the Dickson Backpackers has been sought. This is an infrequently sought option.

(5) Yes.

(a) CATT has a long-standing, close working relationship with Samaritan House. CATT provides specialist mental health services to Samaritan House based on the consumer's discharge plan.

(b) All Samaritan House staff are invited to attend relevant mental health training provided by Mental Health ACT.

(c) CATT delivers medication to Samaritan House for clients resident there on an as needed basis. CATT workers leave medication with Samaritan House workers and provide written instructions. Samaritan House workers are also encouraged to call CATT 24/7 if they have any queries about the medication.

Health—mental health (Question No 1062)

Ms Bresnan asked the Minister for Health, upon notice, on 26 August 2010:

Did the Minister state on 18 May 2010 in the 2010-11 Estimates Committee hearings that funding for mental health made up around 8% of the total health budget; if so, what are the exact figures from the budget that the ACT Government used to calculate this.

Ms Gallagher: I am advised that the answer to the member's question is:

Mental Health expenditure appears in both Output 1.2 (Mental Health Services) and Output 1.7 (Early Intervention and Prevention). The 2010-11 Budget includes:

Output 1.2 $74,380,700 Output 1.7 (Mental Health related) $6,956,900 Total Mental Health $81,337,600 Total ACT Health $1,068,551,000

Therefore, Mental Health expenses are estimated to be 7.6 per cent of total Health expenses in 2010-11. This figure is likely to increase following the allocation of Sub-Acute funding provided through the National Health Reforms, for which only limited information was available at the time of the 2010 11 Budget.


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