- Draft Western Australian Mental Health, Alcohol and Other Drug Accommodation and Support Strategy 2018-2025 – the first of its kind in Western Australia – released for consultation
- Public invited to make submissions
A draft strategy that aims to increase access to safe and affordable accommodation for people with mental health, alcohol and other drug issues has today been released for public consultation.
Mental Health Minister Roger Cook has invited the public to comment on the draft Western Australian Mental Health, Alcohol and Other Drug Accommodation and Support Strategy 2018-2025, which will guide the development of appropriate accommodation and support for people with mental health, alcohol and other drug issues.
More than 50 non-government organisations, peak bodies, government agencies, and more than 30 consumer consultants, carers and family members have so far been involved in the strategy’s development.
It is the first mental health, alcohol and other drug accommodation strategy of its kind in WA.
The strategy focuses on key areas and actions to guide the process of reforming accommodation and support services for people with mental health, alcohol and other drug issues in Western Australia.
Key focus areas include access to safe and stable long-term housing, collaborative partnerships, contemporary support models to sustain people in housing, education and training, and data and research.
To view the strategy, to make a submission or to attend an information session, visit http://www.mhc.wa.gov.au
Comments attributed to Mental Health Minister Roger Cook:
“This strategy is the first of its kind in Western Australia and reaffirms the McGowan Government’s commitment to supporting all Western Australians to live productive, fulfilling and rewarding lives.
“It will help people with mental health, alcohol and other drug issues to have timely access to a range of appropriate accommodation and support options to help them lead meaningful lives.
“Some people with mental health, alcohol and other drug issues can face significant difficulty in meeting their basic needs such as shelter, adequate income security and food, and we know this can exacerbate issues and hinders people in their recovery journey.
“By providing appropriately supported, safe and stable accommodation, we can become a stronger community.”