The Mental Health and Drug and Alcohol Office (MHDAO) is responsible for developing, managing and coordinating NSW Ministry of Health policy, strategy and program funding relating to mental health and the prevention and management of alcohol and drug related harm. The office also supports the maintenance of the mental health legislative framework.
The work of MHDAO is delivered mainly through the mental health program and the drug & alcohol program, in partnership with Local Health Districts, Justice and Forensic Mental Health, Sydney Children's Hospital Network, Non Government Organisations, research institutions and other partner departments.
The Mental Health and Drug & Alcohol Office (MHDAO) was formed in 2006 by the integration of the Centre for Mental Health, the Centre for Drug and Alcohol, the Office of Drug and Alcohol Policy, and Community Drug Strategies. The establishment of the Office is a response to the increased policy and funding priority given to these areas by the State Government and nationally under the Council of Australian Governments (COAG).