The Chief Minister has announced she now has paperwork confirming the desperate need for a secure mental health facility in Canberra:
Chief Minister and Minister for Health, Katy Gallagher today confirmed changes to plans for the ACT’s secure Mental Health Facility with reviews of planning for a secure mental health facility in the ACT confirming the need for a facility providing medium and low secure beds.
The two changes to the project include the construction of a medium secure facility rather than a high secure facility and the increase of beds from 15 to 25 for the facility.
“I believe these changes will ensure the best outcome for patients and staff, ensuring sustainability and viability of the service for the future,” the Chief Minister said.
“A secure mental health facility is the missing piece in the current ACT mental health system. We have built an Adult Mental Health Unit, a Mental Health Assessment Unit and a step-up/step-down supported accommodation service, but now we need this service to meet the need that exists and to cater for future capacity.
“After extensive site investigations to determine the most appropriate location for a secure mental health facility in the ACT, the former Quamby Youth Detention Centre site in Symonston was identified as the most appropriate location in 2010.
A pity we’re losing the high security. More beds is probably a good idea though.