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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1996 Week 8 Hansard (27 June) . . Page.. 2450 ..



Question no. 246

Warren I'Anson Memorial Respite House

Mr Berry - asked the Minister For Health and Community Care upon notice on 18 June 1996 -

In relation to the establishment of the Warren I'Anson House respite accommodation and support for people experiencing mental health problems you informed the Assembly "Yes there will be a cost. The Government has undertaken to cover the rent of the house and the on-costs of the house and certainly to look at extra support via grants to the Mental Health Foundation for the next financial year to help with extra staff. We believe this is the appropriate way to go."

You then went on to say:

"This will certainly expand the range and type of services that are currently available to people with mental health problems. The house may, for example, serve as a short term alternative to hospital-based treatment. It could also allow an individual to spend some time in a supportive environment away from their home, in the company of trained support workers, particularly when that person is stressed or feeling very lonely." (Hansard 5 December 1995).

(1) What (a) "on costs" were included in this commitment; and (b) is the value of these "on costs".

(2) What (a) "extra support" has been provided so far; and (b) is the value of that "extra support".

(3) What evaluation of the current and future needs of Warren I'Anson House has been performed.

(4) Since you acknowledged that this is an extra service, and that it will "serve as a short term alternative to hospital-based treatment" what resources have been transferred to this extra service.

(5) Have you provided the "trained support workers" referred to above.

MRS CARNELL - the answer to the Member's question is:

(1) The ACT Government has made available a four bedroom house located close to an existing mental health service for use by the Mental Health Foundation as the Warren I'Anson Memorial Respite House. The rent on the house is met by the ACT Government, and amounts to $9 516 per year. On costs in the form of maintenance are also provided by the ACT Government. There have been no requests for maintenance from the Mental Health Foundation to date.

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