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Answer to Constituency Question: Prahran Mission drop in centre

Mr HIBBINS (Prahran) — (Question 109) My question is to the Minister for Mental Health. The Prahran Mission drop-in centre in Chapel Street, Prahran, was forced to close after the previous government cut funding to non-clinical community-based mental health services. 

This closure has affected Prahran's most vulnerable residents experiencing mental health issues. Many residents, as well as former clients, have raised this issue with me, stressing the important and beneficial role the Prahran Mission drop-in centre plays in our community by assisting those experiencing mental health issues. Is the government's $400 000 commitment to Prahran Mission specifically for the re-opening of the purpose-built drop-in centre in Chapel Street, Prahran?


Question asked by:     Member for Prahran

Directed to:                 Minister for Mental Health

Asked on:                    18 March 2015


I am informed that:

Prahran Mission has significant experience in engaging and working with vulnerable and disadvantaged Victorians, many of whom have an identified mental illness and psychiatric disability and an experience of long-term or recurring homelessness.

The organisation works with clients to address the factors that drive the cycle of entrenched homelessness and disadvantage and provide permanent pathways out of homelessness.

Government funding for mental health service delivery is targeted to meet the needs of people with severe mental illness and the programs delivered through restoring this funding must deliver community support and recovery outcomes.

We will work with Prahran Mission to design programs to directly support recovery outcomes for local constituents with mental illness.