Western Australia Minister for Mental Health Graham Jacobs
Minister Opens New Homeless Adult Accommodation Service
Victor P Taffa
Homeless Adults with a Mental Illness have from today, a greater chance of finding work and securing accommodation with the opening of a new service in East Perth.
Mental Health Minister Graham Jacobs, who launched the service, said homeless people with a Mental Illness would find assistance to get back on their feet.
“The State Government is delivering improved Mental Health Services for West Australians.” Dr. Jacobs said.
“This is the first Accommodation Service in WA designed specifically for homeless adults with a Mental Illness.”
“Up to 85 % of homeless people are dealing with a mental illness, so there is a clear need for this service.”
The new service is called Ngulla Mia, a Noongar word meaning ‘Our Place’, and has the capacity to provide accommodation and support for 34 adults.
“Ngulla Mia will help residents to build their skills and independence; learn how to manage their illness; engage with the community; take up vocational and educational activities; and make the transition into permanent accommodation.” the Minister said.
Dr. Jacobs said Ngulla Mia would be a place of belonging and recovery.
“This service will allow homeless people to be included in the community once again and to have the dignity to which they are entitled.” the Minister said.
“Ngulla Mia is a great example of how specialist Mental Health Services are being developed to support homeless people in need of mental health care and support.”
Ngulla Mia will be managed by Richmond Fellowship of Western Australia while Clinical Services will be provided by the North Metropolitan Area Health Service’s Inner City Mental Health Service.