Community Living Supports (CLS) is a statewide​ program which supports people with a severe mental illness to live and participate in the community in the way they want to.

The program began in 2016 to help more people live in the community with the type of support provided under the Housing and Accommodation Support Initiative (HASI).

What sort of supports are provided?

Like HASI, people in the CLS program work with a support worker from a community organisation, a clinician from the local mental health service and their family or other important people in their life to develop their own unique support plan.

Everyone’s supports are different and depend on the person’s needs and wants. As examples, the type of things that people in the program often get help with are:

  • daily living skills like shopping, looking after finances, cooking or catching public transport
  • remembering mental and physical health appointments, medications and other treatments
  • meeting people in the local community and participating in social, leisure or sporting activities
  • learning new skills
  • accessing education or help to get a job
  • moving from a hospital or a prison back to home
  • accessing other supports like drug or alcohol services and the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

How much support can I get it?

The amount of CLS support you can receive is flexible. Some people might need only a few hours of support a week while some HASI consumers might get more than 5 hours support a day.

The amount of support can change to meet your needs. When things are going well you may only need a few hours of support a week, but there may be times when you are finding things difficult or distressing and it would be helpful to get more support.

Can I get housing as part of the program?

Supported people with a severe mental illness who live in social housing is a priority for the CLS program. But a person is not automatically eligible for social or community housing just because they are a CLS participant. If you need housing, the normal application process and eligibility criteria for social housing apply.

Am I eligible for CLS?

You may be eligible for CLS support if you:

  • are 16 years or older
  • have a diagnosis of a mental illness which causes you some difficulties in your day to day life
  • live or are staying in a local area so you can meet regularly with your support provider
  • want to access this sort of program help you develop and achieve your goals.

Are there any priority groups for the program?

Yes. Like with HASI, people referred to CLS are assessed according to their need and, when there are limited vacancies, priority will be given to people who meet the eligibility criteria and:

  • are having to stay in hospital for longer than they need to because of their high support needs
  • are putting their social housing at risk because they need more support to manage their severe mental illness
  • are coming out of a prison or in contact with the community justice system (like a person on parole or someone who is serving a community based detention order)
  • are living in a boarding house
  • are Aboriginal.

Where can I get more information about the program?

Your local CLS provider is able to provide you with more information about CLS, including how to access or refer someone into the program. 
 
You can contact your local CLS provider using the below contact information.  If you are unsure about which local health district you are in, further information can be found at the Local Health Districts and Specialty Networks.
 
 

Southern NSW Local Health District

Flourish

Email: referrals@flourishaustralia.org.au

Phone: 1300 779 270

Hunter New England Local Health District

Flourish

Phone: 1300 779 270
 

Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District

Flourish

Phone:  1300 779 270

Murrumbidgee Local Health District

Wellways

Phone:  1300 111 400
 

Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District

Wellways

Phone:  1300 111 400
 

Far West Local Health District

Mission Australia

Phone:  08 8084 3700
 

Western NSW Local Health District

Mission Australia

Phone:  (02) 6884 8526
 

South Eastern Sydney Local Health District

Mission Australia

Phone:  (02) 9508 3600 

Western Sydney Local Health District

Neami

Phone:  (02) 8416 1185 
 

Mid North Coast Local Health District

New Horizons

Phone: 1300 726 372
 

South Western Sydney Local Health District

New Horizons

Phone: 1300 726 372
 

Sydney Local Health District

New Horizons

Phone: 1300 726 372 
 

Northern NSW Local Health District

Open Minds

Phone: (02) 5699 9999
 

Central Coast Local Health District

Parramatta Mission

Phone: (02) 4350 2655
 

Northern Sydney Local Health District

Parramatta Mission

Phone:  (02) 8599 4844
Page Updated: Friday 30 November 2018
Contact page owner: Mental Health Branch