The project is part of the $700 million mental health infrastructure program.
Early planning is underway for a new mental health facility on the new Maitland Hospital campus at Metford in the Hunter Region of NSW.
The design will be informed by “extensive consultation, including staff, carers, and people with lived experience of mental health”, according to NSW Health.
As part of the project, some services currently located at the Morisset Hospital campus will be relocated to the new Maitland Mental Health facility.
The project is part of the NSW Government’s $700 million Statewide Mental Health Infrastructure Program, an initiative designed to support mental health care reform across the state.
“The aim is to ensure the new facility is designed with people front and centre and reflect the needs of the people who use them,” said the NSW Health announcement.
“The modern, purpose-built facility will offer a transitional model of mental health care and include general and forensic mental health services. The investment will improve service integration with the Maitland Hospital, to provide better wrap around support for people seeking treatment for mental and physical health issues.”
Maitland Hospital is operated by the Hunter New England LHD.