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Youth Prevention and Recovery Care centre expansion program
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Youth Prevention and Recovery Care centre expansion program

The Victorian Government is investing $141 million to deliver new and refurbished Youth Prevention and Recovery Care (YPARC) facilities across the state. 

YPARC facilities provide residential short and medium-term treatment and support for young people aged between 16-25, who are living with, or diagnosed with, mental ill health.

This project is part of the urgent response to recommendations from the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System.

The investment will deliver five new 10-bed facilities. Each facility will be co-designed with people who have lived experience of Victoria’s mental health system.

The new facilities will be located in:

  • Barwon South-West region
  • Grampians region
  • Gippsland region
  • Hume region
  • north-east metropolitan Melbourne.

Once complete, the five new facilities will have the capacity to provide prevention and recovery care services for more than 900 young people each year.

Three existing YPARC facilities in Bendigo, Frankston and Dandenong will also be refurbished, creating a more welcoming and home-like environment for young people.

The Youth prevention and recovery care centre expansion program will deliver:

  • three refurbished facilities
  • five new facilities
  • 50 new residential beds across the state.

The Youth prevention and recovery expansion program aims to achieve the following benefits:

Support closer to home

In some areas of the Victoria young people travel some distance to access appropriate mental health services and support. Building these facilities in key regional areas will allow access closer to where they live.

Home-like and welcoming environment

The new facilities will be designed to create a welcoming, safe and therapeutic environment with private bedrooms complete with ensuite bathrooms. Communal kitchens, dining and living areas, breakout spaces and outdoor garden areas will provide ample space for leisure, recreational activities and family visits.

Co-designed facilities

Those with lived experience of mental ill health, their families, carers and mental health professionals will all have input into the design of these new facilities.

Greater access to care

Once complete, the five new facilities will have the capacity to provide prevention and recovery care services for more than 900 young people each year.

More local jobs

The program is expected to create and sustain approximately 400 construction jobs.

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Last updated: 22 July 2021