Thousands of prisoners’ mental health and addiction needs addressed with $128m from $1.9b Budget funding
An extra 2300 prisoners will have access to mental health treatment and 200 more will have alcohol and drug treatment as a result of funding in Budget 2019.
The $128.3 million boost for offenders in prison and in the community is part of the $1.9 billion package for mental health and drug addiction services that was the centrepiece of last month’s Wellbeing Budget.
Properly treating mental health and drug addiction conditions is considered a major factor in reducing reoffending; 61 per cent of prisoners are re-convicted of an offence within two years of being released.
This morning Corrections Minister Kelvin Davis and Health Minister David Clark visited a Corrections community centre in Upper Hutt to reveal further details of what the Budget money will be used for.