SUPPORTING SOUTH AUSTRALIA'S MENTAL HEALTH SYSTEM - EASING PRESSURE ON EMERGENCY DEPARTMENTS AND PROVIDING MORE APPROPRIATE DISCHARGE OPTIONS FOR HOSPITAL PATIENTS

$163.5m OVER 4 YEARS

Strengthen the state’s mental health system by responding to the immediate need for additional support services, and by investing for the future to create a more flexible and resilient system, supporting the Mental Health Services Plan.


NEW CRISIS STABILISATION CENTRE IN THE NORTHERN SUBURBS

$20.4m OVER 3 YEARS

Build a new 16-bed crisis stabilisation facility in the northern suburbs to support the mental health needs of the community.

$8.5m PER ANNUM FROM 2024-25 ($4.2m IN 2023-24)

The centre will operate 24 hours a day, providing acute crisis care based on a recovery model, with highly skilled professional staff and peer workers in a high quality therapeutic but safely designed setting. The centre will provide a further 16 beds of capacity in our acute mental health system, and another alternative treatment pathway to reduce admissions to our public hospitals and ease pressure on our emergency departments.

INCREASE IN COMMUNITY MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES

$8.4m PER ANNUM

Increase the capacity of our mental health services to provide help for people who have acute mental health challenges in the community, and reduce the number of people in crisis presenting to our public hospitals. This includes investing in additional drug and alcohol services, child and adolescent mental health services, forensic mental health services, and support for adults with severe mental health conditions, including post traumatic stress disorder.

Mental health clinicians will also be permanently assigned to work with our ambulance service to assist as first responders, and to facilitate referral to an appropriate treatment pathway, avoiding the need to transfer a person to a public hospital emergency department if this is not necessary.

CREATION OF ADDITIONAL PSYCHIATRIC INTENSIVE CARE BED CAPACITY

$12m IN 2021-22

Support the fit out required to create additional psychiatric intensive care bed capacity in our public hospital system. This will create the capacity for up to 8 additional beds, available to be commissioned by SA Health as necessary based on future demand.

ADDITIONAL SUPPORT FOR THE DELIVERY OF URGENT MENTAL HEALTH CARE

$4.5m PER ANNUM

The Adelaide Adult Mental Health Centre opened in March 2021, providing adults access to a range of mental health support services in an alternative setting to a hospital emergency department. The Centre, opened in partnership with the Commonwealth Government, currently operates as a 12 hour per day service (12pm to 12am).

This additional support will expand the delivery of urgent mental health care to the community, including through increasing the Centre’s service to 24 hours a day. This will expand the number and type of patients that can be assisted by the Centre, further easing the pressure on our hospital emergency departments.

NEW OLDER PERSONS MENTAL HEALTH FACILITY

$48m OVER 4 YEARS

Construct a new 20 bed older person’s acute mental health unit at Modbury Hospital.

This will allow for the decommissioning of the current Woodleigh House site at Modbury Hospital. This investment will allow for the transfer of the current older person’s mental health unit from the Lyell McEwin Hospital to the new Modbury facility, and for the current adult mental health patients at Woodleigh House to transfer to fit-for-purpose facilities at the Lyell McEwin Hospital.

ADDITIONAL HOUSING FOR PEOPLE WITH A MENTAL HEALTH DISABILITY

$5m IN 2021-22

Support the building of additional accommodation to provide options for people living with mental health disability to live independently whilst accessing appropriate supports.

With a contribution to the upfront capital costs, the government will invite proposals by the non-government sector to build and operate such accommodation. This will also help to provide greater capacity to the public health system to discharge patients who no longer need acute medical attention in a public hospital, but require support to return to the community.

SUPPORTING IMMEDIATE STAFFING, TRAINING AND RECRUITMENT NEEDS

$5m OVER 2 YEARS

Support the immediate needs of the mental health workforce in our public mental health services by increasing training and oversight capacity to assist in filling immediate positions, and to provide greater opportunity to the existing workforce to build skills in mental health treatment.

CONTINUATION OF COVID-19 SUPPORTS

$7.3m IN 2021-22

Continue a series of additional time limited programs designed to support the mental health, wellbeing and resilience of the community in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes increased in-reach support to vulnerable communities, and increased access to phone and other counselling services over the next twelve months, as the community continues to navigate the implications of the global pandemic.