Assessment and Treatment Services for People with Mental Health Disorders

Committee Details

Legislative Council Standing Orders
50th Parliament 05/03/2002 - 20/02/2006
Interim Report authorised to be published and distributed by the President of the Legislative Council, The Hon R R Roberts MLC, on 16 February 2006, pursuant to Resolution of the Legislative Council on 1 December 2006.

On 1 December 2005 the Council resolved to allow the Select Committee on Assessment and Treatment Services for People with Mental Health Disorders - That on Prorogation of the Parliament, the Committee have leave to sit during the recess and report on the first day of the next session.

Subsequently, the Parliament was Prorogued on 8 December 2005 and a letter was received from the Hon P Holloway, Leader of the Government in the Legislative Council, advising that all Government Members of continuing Select Committees would not be attending future meetings. The remaining Members elected an Acting Chairperson and continued conducting business.

Committee Function

To investigate and report upon the range of assessment and treatment services for people with mental health disorders in South Australia with particular regard to -

I. the adequacy of funding and staffing of mental health, particularly in community and accommodation services;
II. best practice in the treatment services for people with complex needs who have contact with the mental health, forensic and/or corrections systems;
III. the incidence and management of mental health in the prison population;
IV. the impact of legal and illegal drugs on the mental health of both the general public and prison population;
V. the efficacy of diversion programs upon rates of recidivism;
VI. the criteria for the release of mental health patients who are potentially dangerous;
VII. the adequacy of supervision of offenders after release from those institutions including those on parole;
VIII. the adequacy of offender discharge plans;
IX. the identification of offenders' mental health difficulties; and
X. the definition of mental health insofar as the corrections system is concerned.
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Acknowledgement of Country

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