EXTRA SUPPORT FOR THE HASTINGS COMMUNITY

YSAS in Hastings is one of 39 health services across the state earmarked for $10 million in facility upgrades.

Member for Eastern Victoria, Jane Garrett today announced $97,217 funding to help improve the quality of care delivered to clients at YSAS in Hastings under the Andrews Labor Government’s Mental Health Alcohol and Other Drugs Facilities Renewal Grants.

The grants are designed to assist public mental health clinical services, alcohol and drug services and mental health community support services.

The funding for YSAS would be used to upgrade the fire protection systems to achieve fire safety compliance in accordance to DHHS Capital Development Guidelines. The upgrade will occur at the YSAS Residential Program located in Hastings. The program facility has clients that reside on site and are provided with 24 hour monitoring and support from YSAS staff. The program facility is owned by DHHS. It is anticipated that the works will be completed by January 2020.

The upgrades will provide greater comfort for patients and service workers and enable clinicians to deliver safer and more efficient care.

While the Royal Commission continues its vital work, the Labor Government continues to trial mental health programs, and treatments and investigates new ways to reduce the devastating impact of alcohol and other drugs on our community.

This is why Victoria’s record-level investment of $273.1 million in drug services – an increase of 65 per cent over the last five budgets – includes new funding in 2019-20 of $10.2 million to open more residential rehabilitation beds across the state.

The Government is also building on last year’s record mental health investment with a further $172.8 million in the Victorian Budget 2019 – 20 to ensure Victorians with mental illness get better treatment and care, closer to home.

Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria, Jane Garrett

“These grants are helping us modernise the system of care for Victorians experiencing issues with addiction or mental health in Hastings and right across the state.”

Quote attributable to Minister for Mental Health Martin Foley

“Whether it’s building works to improve the comfort, and safety of a facility or works to enhance recovery and rehabilitation opportunities – these grants are ensuring our service providers can deliver the best possible care.”