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Plans to build secure mental health facility – “a missing part of our system”

By Ruqi - 30 July 2012 17

Katy Gallagher has announced that the ACT Government intends to build a 15-bed medium security mental health facility for mentally ill people involved in the criminal justice system.

ACT Chief Minister Katy Gallagher says a review has found the ACT requires a medium security facility.

“I understand that this is needed, I think this is a missing part of our mental health system,” she said.

“Now that we’ve taken those decisions about what we think a reasonable budget is and what type of facility we want, we need to proceed as quickly as possible.”

The facility will cost approximately $25 million, with $2 million in this year’s budget, and is expected to be running in four years.

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Plans to build secure mental health facility – “a missing part of our system”
Proboscus 4:32 am 01 Aug 12

HenryBG said :

Mrs_Potato_Head said :

bundah said :

DeskMonkey said :

I thought they put in a section for mentally ill people in the Alexander Maconochie Centre?

A temporary measure until the govt finally agreed to accommodate the mentally ill in a separate facility it would seem.

Surely they don’t lock the mentally ill inside the AMC just because they have mental health issues? It would be a sad indictment of our society, and the so-called Human Rights gaol, if that’s what they’re doing.

You’re right – they should let them roam the streets/beaches babbling incoherently and waving Kendo swords/knives until the police find them and shoot them.

What a success it has been, the leftie policy of “caring” for loonies by unleashing them into the community.

It should be simple – gaol is for lawbreakers, psychiatric wards are for the mentally ill. Unless the lawbreaker is mentally ill, then they shouldn’t be in gaol.

It’s obvious that Canberra needs a secure mental health facility with fully trained staff – the ill shouldn’t be placed in the AMC just because there is nowhere left to put them. But 15 beds seems a tad light on to me considering the stats say that mental illness in the community is climbing.

gooterz 10:52 pm 31 Jul 12

Couldnt they start combining this waste of money.

Not everyone needs their own building. We destroy a hospital only to build a dozen smaller individual ones that duplicate the servies to run them.

Are the rumors true that the ANU residence on northbourne once was a mental health facility?

MWF 10:10 pm 31 Jul 12

I LOLd at the bit where Katy said:

“I think”

“I think this is a missing part of our mental health system,” she said.”

She thinks?

Who would’ve thought…

How_Canberran 9:17 pm 31 Jul 12

Dibs on being nurse Ratched

Mental Health Worker 8:45 pm 31 Jul 12

HenryBG said :

What a success it has been, the leftie policy of “caring” for loonies by unleashing them into the community.

And there was I thinking the closure of psychiatric hospitals was an Economic Rationalist approach to save money. Silly me. It was obviously another Communist conspiracy to destabilise society.

MHW

HenryBG 9:59 am 31 Jul 12

Mrs_Potato_Head said :

bundah said :

DeskMonkey said :

I thought they put in a section for mentally ill people in the Alexander Maconochie Centre?

A temporary measure until the govt finally agreed to accommodate the mentally ill in a separate facility it would seem.

Surely they don’t lock the mentally ill inside the AMC just because they have mental health issues? It would be a sad indictment of our society, and the so-called Human Rights gaol, if that’s what they’re doing.

You’re right – they should let them roam the streets/beaches babbling incoherently and waving Kendo swords/knives until the police find them and shoot them.

What a success it has been, the leftie policy of “caring” for loonies by unleashing them into the community.

Mrs_Potato_Head 4:39 am 31 Jul 12

bundah said :

DeskMonkey said :

I thought they put in a section for mentally ill people in the Alexander Maconochie Centre?

A temporary measure until the govt finally agreed to accommodate the mentally ill in a separate facility it would seem.

Surely they don’t lock the mentally ill inside the AMC just because they have mental health issues? It would be a sad indictment of our society, and the so-called Human Rights gaol, if that’s what they’re doing.

Antagonist 10:07 pm 30 Jul 12

kakosi said :

They’re going to need more than 15 beds!

Especially if anyone has a multiple personality disorder.

kakosi 8:34 pm 30 Jul 12

They’re going to need more than 15 beds!

bigfeet 5:50 pm 30 Jul 12

Pork Hunt said :

Mr G, I suggest you attend so that you can have an input regarding your new home…

Damn, you beat me to it.

And I was not going to say it as a joke either. He really does concern me.

bundah 5:17 pm 30 Jul 12

DeskMonkey said :

I thought they put in a section for mentally ill people in the Alexander Maconochie Centre?

A temporary measure until the govt finally agreed to accommodate the mentally ill in a separate facility it would seem.

Deref 4:23 pm 30 Jul 12

It’s a good thing we demolished all those purpose-built mental hospitals. That solved all our problems.

DeskMonkey 3:50 pm 30 Jul 12

I thought they put in a section for mentally ill people in the Alexander Maconochie Centre?

Pork Hunt 3:42 pm 30 Jul 12

unclebill said :

There is a Community Forum On Monday 6th August Supporting prisoners with mental health issues at room 6, level 1 Griffin Centre Genge Street Civic. This facility is one of the topics to be discussed.
Feedback & questions will be encouraged.

Mr G, I suggest you attend so that you can have an input regarding your new home…

unclebill 12:38 pm 30 Jul 12

There is a Community Forum On Monday 6th August Supporting prisoners with mental health issues at room 6, level 1 Griffin Centre Genge Street Civic. This facility is one of the topics to be discussed.
Feedback & questions will be encouraged.

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