3 Apr 2013

Endorsement for LBJ plan for American Samoa's mental health facility

10:52 am on 3 April 2013

American Samoa's director of health, Motusa Tuileama Nua, says a plan proposed by the LBJ hospital is more cost effective than what the Department of Health had in place for the territory's first mental health facility

According to the health director, the LBJ has put forward a plan for a facility that would cost a little over two million US dollars.

In comparison the original stand alone structure would cost double that without allowing for staff and equipment.

The Chief Justice Michael Kruse has frequently called for a mental health facility to be built after finding many of the defendants coming before the court are in need of treatment.

He has given government officials 60 days to update the court on the progress of the facility.

The US Department of Interior is funding construction of the centre.