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3. In 2016, a Mental Health Supported Accommodation Model of Care (MoC) was developed as part of the budget cycle for the development of business cases. As the MoC was created for the purposes of the budget cycle the document is not a public document.

In June 2017, the ACT Government announced $0.5 M had been allocated in the 2017-18 budget for minor upgrades to repurpose BHRC.

The future use of BHRC is under active discussion. Options will be finalised by the end of the year.

Mental health—Brian Hennessy House
(Question No 619)

Mrs Dunne asked the Minister for Mental Health, upon notice, on 15 September 2017:

(1) Has the Government completed the report on the future of Brian Hennessy House; if not, why not and when will it be; if so, is the report available publicly; if not, why not; if so, where may the report be accessed.

(2) What were the main findings of the report.

(3) What is the Government’s response to the report findings.

(4) Has the Government now made a decision as to the future of the facility; if so, what is that decision and when will it implemented; if not, why not and when will it be made.

Mr Rattenbury: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

1. ACT Health has focussed its attention on the needs of the residents in BHRC which is why we have undertaken a Supported Accommodation - Market Testing and Options Analysis Study, to assess community need for the type of accommodation BHRC provides. This report was completed in May 2017 and will be used to inform our 2018-19 Budget.

2. The study identified gaps in the market for long term supported accommodation.

3. Government is considering the study report and options for Supported Accommodation in the context of the development of the 2018-19 Budget development process.

4. No decision has been made by Government regarding the future use of BHRC, because we are undertaking careful consideration of the issues and community needs going forward. The above mentioned study is part of this consideration. A decision on future use is anticipated for 2018.

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