Housing and mental health are closely related. Having a safe and secure place to call home is a fundamental foundation for health and wellbeing. In turn, having good health and wellbeing helps people to sustain housing and access housing supports.
The Housing and Mental Health Agreement 2022 (HMHA 22) is an agreement between NSW Health and the Department of Communities and Justice (DCJ). It outlines the important relationship between housing and mental health and commits the agencies to work together and engage key stakeholders to achieve a common vision that:
People who live with mental illness have timely access to safe, secure, appropriate housing; and mental health supports in place when needed, to sustain housing, live well in the community and lead their recovery.
HMHA 22 relates to the policy, commissioning and delivery of mental health, social housing and homelessness services by the signatories to a shared client group defined as:
People aged 16 years and over who:
NSW Health and DCJ have entered into this agreement to drive three key objectives:
HMHA 22 outlines the overarching aims, objectives and commitments for DCJ and NSW Health as the signatories to support the shared client group. A Service Delivery Framework and Governance Framework will be released to support the implementation of the agreement.
For further information about HMHA 22 please email: