Consultation on the frameworks for implementation and monitoring

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About the Housing and Mental Health Agreement 2022 (HMHA 22) Consultation

The Housing and Mental Health Agreement 2022 (HMHA 22) is a formal agreement between NSW Health and the Department of Communities and Justice (DCJ).

It is a commitment that all levels of the agencies will work together, and with key stakeholders, to ensure that that people with mental health issues have timely access to safe, secure, appropriate housing; and mental health supports in place when needed, to sustain their housing, live well in the community and lead their recovery.

HMHA 22 has three key aims:

  1. Re-invigorate effective, accountable and sustainable governance between mental health, housing, and homelessness services.
  2. Deliver on shared goals in partnership with mental health, housing, and homelessness services and other key stakeholders.
  3. Embed agreed principles in policy, commissioning and service delivery.  
The agreement relates to the policy, commissioning and delivery of mental health, social housing and homelessness services by all levels of the signatory agencies and partners to a shared client group of:
People aged 16 years and over who:
  • are living in social housing, experiencing homelessness, or at risk of experiencing homelessness, and 
  • require mental health services funded by NSW Health or be supported to access broader mental health services.

What is the purpose of this consultation?

HMHA 22 outlines the overarching aims, objectives and commitments for DCJ and NSW Health as the signatories. The details about how the Agreement is implemented are contained in four supporting frameworks.

This consultation is to seek feedback on draft versions for three of the four frameworks that underpin the Agreement:

  • Service Delivery Framework
  • Governance Framework
  • Monitoring and Reporting Framework.

How we are consulting

NSW Health and DCJ are consulting using:
  • Targeted facilitated workshops with people with lived experience of mental health, housing and homelessness issues.
  • Targeted facilitated consultations with Aboriginal stakeholders.
  • Invitations for comments as from the non-government and government stakeholders.

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Consultation paper and draft frameworks

This short paper outlines the key questions for the consultation. It should be read with the accompanying draft frameworks below. This document directs to parts of the draft frameworks with page number references.

​HMHA 22 Governance Framework – Consultation exposure draft
​HMHA 22 Service Delivery Framework – Consultation exposure draft
​HMHA 22 Monitoring and Reporting Framework – Consultation exposure draft

Making a submission

DCJ and NSW Health are inviting comments from stakeholders until 31 January 2023.
Consultation feedback can be submitted by one of the two following methods:
  1. Completion of the online survey.
  2. Submitting a written response to: moh‑
If you are making a written response, you can use the following Consultation Response Template if you want to. Or you can submit a word or PDF document.

If you need support making a submission you can email the project team at: moh‑

What happens next?

DCJ and NSW Health are inviting comments from stakeholders until 31 January 2023.
After this consultation, the frameworks will be updated versions and considered by the HMHA 22 Lived Experience Advisory Committee and NSW Housing and Mental Health State Steering Committee for final feedback and endorsement.
The final frameworks will then be released implemented across NSW in early 2023. Everyone who contributed to the consultation will be advised.
If you would like more information about HMHA 22 or its implementation you can email the project team at:
Current as at: Friday 18 November 2022
Contact page owner: Mental Health Branch