The Housing and Accommodation Support Initiative (HASI) is a state wide program which supports people with a severe mental illness to live and participate in the community in the way that they want to.
What sort of supports are provided?
HASI support helps people to achieve their own, unique goals. The types of support people receive depends on their individual needs and what they want to achieve. As some examples, people in the program often get help with:
- 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?
Like the types of support, the amount of HASI 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 might only need a few hours of support a week but there might also be times when you are finding things difficult or distressing and it would be helpful to get more support.
Do I get housing as part of the program?
HASI providers and mental health services work closely with the Department of Family and Community Services (FACS) because a lot of HASI participants live in social housing. But a person is not automatically eligible for public or community housing just because they are a HASI participant. The normal application process and eligibility criteria for social housing apply.
Would I be eligible for HASI?
You may be eligible for HASI 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 for some time so you can meet regularly with your support provider
- want to access this sort of program where you receive help to develop and achieve your goals.
Your local provider can give you more information about the criteria for the program.
Are there any priority groups for the program?
Yes. People referred to HASI 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.