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WA Government commits to additional funding for Mental Health Commission in state budget

Date posted: 5 May 2016

According to a joint media statement from Premier Colin Barnett and ministers Hon Andrea Mitchell MLA and Hon Terry Redman MLA, the government will deliver $865.8 million to the Mental Health Commission, representing an 83.9% increase to the sector since the 2008-09 period.

'This will ensure crucial help such as a state-wide network of alcohol and other drug (AOD) services, mental health treatment services delivered by government and not-for-profit agencies and the promotion of a better understanding of mental illness, continues to receive strong government support,' said Premier Barnett.

Minister Mitchell, whose portfolio includes mental health, said that a key commitment was $19.2 million over three years, for the North West Drug and Alcohol Support Program, funded through Royalties for Regions.

'In the state's north-west, where drug and alcohol-related harm is among the highest in Australia, this program has already resulted in a more than 35% increase in the delivery of community treatment services and an associated reduction in drug and alcohol use,' said Minister Mitchell.

Minister Redman, whose portfolio includes regional development said that Royalties for Regions was continuing to invest in strategic regional health initiatives to enhance regional WA services and infrastructure.

'Investment in mental health support infrastructure and services is fundamental to the ongoing viability and development of regional WA, and the State Government will continue to invest Royalties for Regions funds in key community projects that enable regions to grow,'  said Minister Redman.

Source: Government of Western Australia

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Last updated: 11 May 2016
 
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