Barrett Centre replacement will be built in Brisbane

A NEW mental health facility to replace the closed Barrett Adolescent Centre will be constructed at Brisbane's Prince Charles Hospital.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced that construction would start on the new bed-based extended treatment and rehabilitation facility next year.

The announcement comes after a Commission of Inquiry into the Wacol Barrett Adolescent Centre's closure found that the former LNP government decided to close the facility without a replacement, despite expert recommendations.

Ms Palaszczuk said the Prince Charles Hospital was an ideal location because it was near schools and transport.

"Over the coming months, we will work closely with experts, families and consumers to define the specific design of the facility," she said.

Health Minister Cameron Dick said the Commission of Inquiry identified the need for a new bed-based extended treatment and rehabilitation centre for young people with severe and complex mental health issues.

"While we are building a new centre, it's important to note we are not simply replicating the Barrett Centre, we are developing a new model of care that will support at-risk Queensland adolescents in the most appropriate way," he said.

If you or someone you know needs support phone 13 HEALTH or Lifeline on 13 11 14.

Earlier this year, a Commission of Inquiry into the closure of the Barrett Adolescent Centre found the former LNP government decided to close the facility without a replacement, despite expert recommendations.

The centre cared for young people with severe and complex mental health conditions.

In the year following the centre's closure, three former patients committed suicide.
 


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