10-bed community mental health step up/step down service anticipated to open in early 2021 55 regional jobs created as part of construction Tender process to appoint service provider underway The new Goldfields community mental health step up/step down service is on track to open early next year. Mental Health Minister Roger Cook visited the site at 13 Davidson Street, Kalgoorlie and helped lay bricks at the new 10-bed facility. The service will provide short-term accommodation, together with specialist treatment and support, for people with mental health issues. It will give people in the Goldfields region another option for their mental health treatment in a community-based setting, close to home and to their personal support networks. ACorp Construction is currently on track, with the construction due to be completed by the end of this year. Approximately 55 regional jobs have been established as part of the project. A tender process is also underway to appoint a service provider to manage the delivery of the service, starting in early 2021. This service will complement the $23 million the McGowan Government provides to the Western Australian Country Health Service and non-government organisations to provide mental health, alcohol and drug services in the region. The new service will bring the total number of step up/step down beds to 58 State-wide, including the existing services at Albany (six beds), Bunbury (10 beds), Joondalup (22 beds) and Rockingham (10 beds).