Boost for mental health care in Rockingham community

Mental Health Minister Helen Morton inspects the new facility with Housing Department representatives Matthew Meyers, David Carpenter and Simon Bell.
Mental Health Minister Helen Morton inspects the new facility with Housing Department representatives Matthew Meyers, David Carpenter and Simon Bell.

A FORMER block of units is being overhauled into a new resource to support mental health patients in the Rockingham area.

The facility will be a new 10-bed ‘step-up, step-down’ sub-acute mental health facility.

It will provide short-term residential care and treatment for people recovering from mental illness.

The supported accommodation in the community will help patients manage changes in their mental health.

Step-down care helps people transition back to living in the community.

It acts as an alternative to hospital admission where appropriate or when ongoing care is needed after a patient is discharged from hospital.

Inspecting the Shoalwater site on Wednesday, Mental Health Minister Helen Morton said construction was on track for the facility to open in 2016.

“It can give up to 230 local people each year access to contemporary therapeutic mental health care in a home-like setting while being closer to family and friends for support,” she said.

“We are pleased to be delivering this facility and our other subacute projects in close partnership with the Department of Housing, which has responsibility for land purchase and building design and construction, with key input from the Mental Health Commission.”

The Rockingham sub-acute facility is costing $5.4m to build and will receive $1.7m in operational funding each year.