Justice Systems

7 Feb 2018

Media Release - Report details shocking treatment of WA prisoners with mental illness

THE WA Association for Mental Health (WAAMH) is calling for an urgent response to a Human Rights Watch report released today detailing shocking treatment of WA prisoners with mental health issues.

15 May 2017

Community calls for CLMIA reform

WAAMH welcomed the opportunity to support Mental Health Matters 2's community discussion on reforming the Criminal Law Mentaly Impaired Accused Act.

1 Dec 2016

Media Release - WAAMH welcomes Senate Inquiry recommendation to abolish indefinite detention

AFTER more than a decade of lobbying for the Criminal Law (Mentally Impaired Accused) Act to be amended, Western Australia’s peak body for mental health, the WA Association for Mental Health (WAAMH) has welcomed the long awaited Senate’s report on the indefinite detention of people with disability or psychiatric impairment.

1 Jun 2016

Government's CLMIA Review Report does not fare well against reform priorities

WAAMH welcomed the ‘Review of the Criminal Law (Mentally Impaired Accused) Act 1996 – Final Report’, but were disappointed that it did not meet the mental health and disability sectors calls for reform.

9 May 2016

WAAMH Submission: Indefinite Detention Under Mental Impairment Laws

WAAMH's submission to the Senate Inquiry into the indefinite detention of people with cognitive and psychiatric impairment in Australia is complete. Click here to read the submission.

7 Apr 2016

Media release - CLMIA Act review report a step forward but still falls short

WAAMH along with Developmental Disability WA (DDWA), acknowledge the long awaited review of the Criminal Law (Mentally Impaired Accused) Act 1996 (CLMIA Act) released by the state government, but remain concerned some of the most fundamental recommendations have not been addressed.

7 Apr 2016

Review Report of the Criminal Law (Mentally Impaired Accused) Act 1996 (CLMIA Act)

The long awaited review report of the Criminal Law (Mentally Impaired Accused) Act 1996 (CLMIA Act) has been released by the state government today and can be viewed here.

23 Mar 2016

ALP Commitment to Reform of the CLMIA Act

At the WA Mental Health Conference Mark McGowan made a public commitment to reforming the Criminal Law (Mentally Impaired Accused) Act (CLMIA Act) during his first year in office.

25 Jan 2016

Act now to keep the Disability Justice Centre where it is

People continue to be locked up in prisons indefinitely because of their disability or mental illness. This can happen under our states mental impairment law if they are found unfit to plead or not guilty on the grounds of a mental illness. Tell the Premier to reform the Act and keep the Disability Justice Centre where it is.

20 Jan 2016

Media Release - Disability Justice Centre must stay where it is

WAAMH together with Developmental Disability WA (DDWA) join with disability and mental health advocates today in welcoming the state government’s decision to review the operations rather than the existence or location of the Bennett Brook Disability Justice Centre, following the misinformation and fear mongering about residents who absconded on New Year’s Eve and subsequently returned in the days following.

7 Dec 2015

Media Release - WAAMH welcomes improvements to the Western Australian Mental Health, Alcohol and Other Drugs Services Plan

WAAMH has welcomed improvements made to the Western Australian Mental Health, Alcohol and Other Drugs Services Plan, which was released today, and called on the government to demonstrate its commitment by announcing how it will resource the plan.

17 Nov 2015

ERA Inquiry into the efficiency and performance of WA Prisons

Following extensive engagement with the ERA during 2015 alongside WANADA and WACOSS, WAAMH completed a second submission to the Inquiry earlier this year. The Final Report of the Inquiry is now available and has now been provided to Parliament.

2 Oct 2015

Call for change: justice reform for people with mental illness

Mental Health Week is now upon us and we hope you will be joining us to celebrate by attending one of the many exciting mentally healthy events on offer. Take a moment too, to think of those who do not have the freedom to attend and add your voice to our urgent reform of the CLMIA Act.

4 Sep 2015

WAAMH Submission

WAAMH’s latest submission to the Economic Regulations Authority’s Draft Report of the Inquiry into the Efficiency and Performance of Western Australian Prisons identifies the need for greater focus on rehabilitation, additional mental health benchmarks, vastly improved mental health care in prisons and a review of prison health governance arrangements.

7 Aug 2015

CLMIA Advocacy Brief: Priorities for Urgent Reform

Following extensive consultation and practice experience, the community-managed mental health, disability and community sectors stand united to call for reform to the Criminal Law Mentally Impaired Accused Act - here we set out the most critical reforms for urgent change.

5 Aug 2015

Media Release - Justice centre welcome but silence falls on critical legislative reform

WAAMH has welcomed the opening of the first disability justice centre by the State government this week, but calls for critical changes to the Criminal Law Mentally Impaired Accused (CLMIA) Act, which is the legislation which determines who ends up in these Centres and for how long.

10 Jul 2015

Access to legal assistance submission

In April 2015, WAAMH worked with Community Legal Centres Association (WA) Inc to provide a submission to the Finance and Public Administration References Committee on Access to Legal Assistance Services - An inquiry into Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander experience of law enforcement and justice services. WAAMH’s component of the submission focused on mental health and the consequences of mandatory sentencing regimes on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander incarceration rates, the reasons for the high incarceration rates for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men, women and juveniles, and the cost, availability and effectiveness of alternatives to imprisonment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians.

9 Jul 2015

CLMIA Priorities for Reform Advocacy Brief

Achieve better outcomes for people with disability and mental illness in the criminal justice system by supporting the Advocacy Brief.

18 Jun 2015

Senate Inquiry into the Social Services Legislation Amendment Bill 2015

WAAMH's Submission and the government's report into the Senate Community Affairs Legislation Committee Inquiry into the Social Services Legislation Amendment Bill 2015.

15 May 2015

WAAMH Submission

This joint submission from WAAMH and DDWA to the Senate Community Affairs Legislation Committee Inquiry into the Social Services Legislation Amendment Bill 2015 outlines why we don't support the Bill and how it will impacts people living with a mental illness.

28 Jan 2015

Policy Brief - DSP changes for people detained under mental impairment legislation

The Commonwealth has introduced a Bill which would remove eligibility for social security benefits for people detained in hospitals for ‘serious offences’ under mental impairment legislation. In WA, this would apply to people on remand and in psychiatric hospital, and those under the CLMIA Act who have been found unfit to stand trial or not guilty due to unsound mind. In March, the Senate referred the Social Services Legislation Amendment Bill 2015 to the Senate Community Affairs Legislation Committee for inquiry and report. Submission closes on 15 May 2015 and WAAMH encourages you to make a brief submission to the committee.

27 Jan 2015

Media Release - DSP changes will affect most vulnerable members of our community

WAAMH president Alison Xamon has serious concerns over the Federal Government's proposed changes to the Disability Support Pension and its affect on people detained under the Criminal Law Mentally Impaired Accused Act.

13 Jan 2015

Joint submission to ERA Prisons Inquiry

The Economic Regulation Authority is conducting an inquiry into options to improve the efficiency and performance of Western Australian prisons. Three peaks' WAAMH, WACOSS and WANADA have prepared a joint submission to this inquiry. More info at: http://www.erawa.com.au/inquiries/industry-and-resources-inquiries/prisons-inquiry-2014

16 Dec 2014

#CLMIA review joint submission

This submission has been collectively developed and endorsed by Western Australian Association for Mental Health, Consumers of Mental Health WA (Inc), Developmental Disability WA, Richmond Fellowship of WA, Debora Colvin Head of Council of Official Visitors, Carers WA, Mental Health Carers Arafmi (WA) Inc, People With Disabilities Western Australia, Bridget Silvestri, Antonio Silvestri, Alan Robinson, Seamus Murphy, Mental Health Matters 2 and the Aboriginal Disability Justice Campaign.

13 Nov 2014

Forum: Achieving Reform of the CLMIA Act

Report following the forum WAAMH hosted on achieving reform for the CLMIA Act.

12 Jun 2014

Custodial Services Review

This very timely report by the Inspector of Custodial Services is highly recommended. It examines the issues for people found to be of unsound mind or unfit to stand trial who are trapped in WA’s prison system.

11 Jun 2014

Contact the Attorney General to request immediate review, and real change, to the CLMIA Act

WAAMH encourages you to contact the Attorney General to convey how important this review is.

23 Feb 2013

Open Letter - Criminal Law (Mentally Impaired Accused) Act 1996

An open letter to the Premier and Leader of the Opposition about the Criminal Law (Mentally Impaired Accused) Act 1996, published in The West Australian on 23 February 2013

23 Aug 2011

Submission - Mandatory Sentencing and Mental Illness

WAAMH's submission on amendments to the Criminal Code.