23 Nov 2009

Building to start for mental health care facility in American Samoa

2:11 pm on 23 November 2009

The High Court in American Samoa has been told that the territorial government is looking to start construction of a mental care facility at the end of this month.

The development would finally address the court's long standing concerns over the lack of such facilities in the territory.

The Chief Justice Michael Kruse has publicly stated, from the bench, that something needed to be done to house offenders with mental health problems, instead of having them locked up with the general prison population.

A two-story building is being designed to house both the Department of Health administrative offices, public access areas, and an admission and treatment services area for mental health in Tafuna village.