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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2005 Week 09 Hansard (Thursday, 18 August 2005 2005) . . Page.. 2963 ..


In addition the Stanhope Government has made commitments to replace the inadequate psychiatry facility at Canberra Hospital, and to provide a secure mental health inpatient facility, which will be co-located with the new mental health facility at The Canberra Hospital, and a 20-bed psycho-geriatric Unit. I have attached a summary of the Labor Government initiatives implemented since our first budget in 2002-03. These initiatives are designed to address unmet needs, education and community awareness raising and an improved range of services for the ACT community. (Attachment A)

Attachment A

MENTAL HEALTH FUNDING

Detail of Mental Health funding 2002-03 to 2005-06

2001-2002 Total Mental Health Allocation - $29,701,203

2002-2003 Total Mental Health Allocation - $31,481,000

2002-2003 new Budget initiatives including

$466,000 – Child & Adolescent Mental Health Services

$500,000 – CALCAM Adolescent Mental Health Day Program

$85,000 – Mental Illness Education - to move funding from National Mental Health Strategy funding to ACT Government Funding

$322,000 – Expansion of the Older Persons Mental Health Service.

$300,000 Psychogeriatric Care

$326,000 – Calvary Inpatient Growth

In addition an allocation of $1,000,000 for Community Respite Care Services was made available in the 2002-2003 Budget of which Mental Health received $100,000 as a one-off to Carers ACT to establish Carer Support & Training Programs and $104,000 to Respite Care ACT recurrent ACT Government Funding.

2003-2004 Total Mental Health Allocation - $38,244,000

2003-2004 new Budget initiatives include:

$400,000 for a Gungahlin Adult Outreach Program

$400,000 for a 7 day extended service for Community Mental Health Teams

$240,000 for additional Supported Accommodation

$80,000 for a Forensic – Court Liaison Officer

$80,000 for a Discharge Planner Service for PSU

$80,000 for a Calvary link position (to enhance early assessment of mental health clients at Calvary

$80,000 for a dedicated Drug and Alcohol/Mental Health Worker

$35,000 for Carer Support and Training – (Carers ACT)

$100,000 - Corrections Mental Health Initiative

2004-2005 (Expected result) Total Mental Health Allocation - $43,325,700

2004-2005 new Budget initiatives including

$150,000 to conduct mental health master planning to 2014.

$365,000 Suicide Prevention Initiatives.


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