Highlights of the 2017-18 State Budget | Queensland Alliance for Mental Health

Highlights of the 2017-18 State Budget

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Yesterday afternoon, Queensland Treasurer, the Hon Curtis Pitt MP handed down the 2017-18 State Budget and QAMH is pleased to see mental health related outcomes included in the budget. We are especially excited to see that $68m has been allocated to building a new adolescent mental health facility at the Prince Charles Hospital, to replace the closed Barrett centre.

Other highlights include:

$100m for reforms in the housing and homelessness service system.

$1.8b over 10 years to build 4,522 new social homes and 1,034 affordable homes, to tackle the 26,000-strong social housing waiting list.

two new Step Up Step Down facilities in South-East Queensland to provide intermediate care to help young people who do not require full-time care, but need continued support, and two day programs, providing 15 places, will be set up at Logan and the Gold Coast.

$7.4m to help families where a person has become addicted to ice.

Further information regarding the budget can be found from several sources:

ABC News has provided a helpful summary of the budget, breaking it down into categories to provide inform Queenslanders what the budget means for them. See the ABC News Budget Summary.

Queensland Council of Social Service (QCOSS) has shared a letter written by Michael Hogan, Director-General of the Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services discussing the the funding contained in the budget for this portfolio. Read Michael Hogan’s letter.

A media release from Minister for Disability Services, Minister for Seniors and Minister Assisting the Premier on North Queensland, the Hon Coralee O’Rouke MP. Read the media release.

The full budget can be found at the 2017-18 Queensland Budget website.