The Housing and Accommodation Support Initiative (HASI) and Community Living Support (CLS) programs are part of a suite of community-based psychosocial support programs for adults called the NSW Mental Health Community Living Programs.
HASI and CLS are statewide community-based programs that support people with severe mental illness to live and participate in the community, the way that they want to. The programs offer psychosocial support, tenancy support in partnership with clinical mental health services. Many consumers are also supported to access secure housing.
Together HASI/CLS now support over 1,799 people with severe mental illness across NSW.
The Ministry commissioned the Social Policy Research Centre (SPRC) at UNSW to evaluate the HASI/CLS programs. The 3-year longitudinal evaluation ran from November 2017 to January 2020, with final analysis completed in 2021.
HASI commenced in 2002 and is now in its twentieth year of operation. The evaluation shows that HASI and CLS are generally working well, achieving their goals and are cost effective.
Outcomes of the Evaluation of NSW Community-based Mental Health Programs - CLS and HASI - Overview