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