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.
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.