Minister Confirms Ongoing Funding For Broome Mental Health Services

Minister Confirms Ongoing Funding For Broome Mental Health Services

Western Australia Minister for Mental Health Helen Morton

Broome Community Recovery Centre Continues

Victor P Taffa

  • New agreement with Mental Health Commission to provide continued funding

A key service providing vital mental health assistance to the Broome community will continue to operate with ongoing funding confirmed today by Mental Health Minister Helen Morton.

Mrs. Morton said the WA Mental Health Commission would continue to fund the vital Kimberley service, which has operated since December 2011.

 

 

 

 

The Minister today toured the centre, meeting staff and confirming ongoing funding of the centre’s operational costs.

“I’m delighted the Broome Community Recovery Centre will continue to provide support and education, vocational and employment training and life skills courses to give people the necessary skills they need to connect fully with their community.” Mrs. Morton said.

Mrs. Morton said that an initial funding arrangement, which included significant establishment funds, would now be replaced by a new agreement guaranteeing ongoing operational funding.

“Recovery-focused services like the Broome Community Recovery Centre are essential to assist people with mental illness and their families and carers, during their journey to better health.”

“The centre is a key community component of mental health services provided by the State Government in Broome and throughout the Kimberley region.” Mrs. Morton said.

The efforts of the centre were recently recognised for its support programs with a Silver Achievement Award at the mental health service provider’s conference – TheMHS – held in Perth in August.

The Minister said Broome was a focal point for mental health services throughout the Kimberley with the ongoing success of the Broome Mental Health Unit, the Statewide Specialist Aboriginal Mental Health Service (SSAMHS) and a confirmed $7.5 Million expansion of step-up step-down community-based subacute services.

“Embedding services in the community, closer to where people live and work, is essential to genuine and long-lasting recovery.” Mrs. Morton said.

“Our commitment to ongoing funding demonstrates the value this Government places on community-based services, which will be further outlined with the launch of the Western Australian Mental Health, Alcohol & Other Drug Services Plan 2015-2025 for consultation.”

Fact File

  • The WA Mental Health Commission will provide $175,000 per year in operational funding to the Broome Community Recovery Centre
  • The centre, overseen by the WA Country Health Service, provides support and education, vocational and employment training and life skills courses
  • The State Government is investing $29.1 Million for Aboriginal mental health services provided by SSAMHS.