The NSW Government is continuing to strengthen mental health care by investing an additional $20 million into mental health reform, totalling $95 million in the 2017/18 financial year.
Implemented in 2014, the reform is a 10 year plan in response to the Mental Health Commission of NSW’s Living Well report, which aims to improve outcomes for those living with a mental illness.
The Government will continue to improve mental health services and the wellbeing of the community in partnership with non-government organisations (NGOs), consumers and carers to deliver better lives for people with mental illness, their families and carers.
The extra $20 million will provide:
- $8.2 million to increase specialist community mental health teams
- $5.4 million to fund other mental health initiatives, including investing in the workforce, strengthening capacity to support people with intellectual disability and mental illness, and developing a strategic framework for the mental health system.
- $4.8 million to enhance psychosocial supports in the community
- $1.6 million to continue transitioning long-stay patients to appropriate community accommodation.