Politics — 06 December 2012

A six-unit supported accommodation facility for people with mental illness will be built on Hyde Park Road at Traralgon.

After months of lobbying the Victorian Government for funding, Barrier Breakers and East Coast Housing have secured the lease on the land to build the facility.

The pilot program will provide tenants with accommodation and specialised mental health treatment through MIND Australia and Latrobe Regional Hospital.

Barrier Breakers’ chief executive Derek Amos says the project has been financed with State Government funding and $150,000 in donations from generous Gippsland residents.

“No we’ll trial this program and what we want to do is to accommodate this program in every major town in Gippsland because every major town has a need for this accommodation,” he said.

Mr Amos says if successful, he would like to see the same model of care and accommodation rolled out across Gippsland.

“It’s the first time in Victoria where you’ve had all the necessary support components put together under the one roof, so we’ll have permanent [accommodation] provided by East Coast Housing, day care support provided by MIND Australia and clinical care provided by Latrobe Regional Hospital, that’s a first,” he said.

As first appeared in ABC News, 3 December 2012


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