The NSW Government will invest a record $1.9 billion in mental health in the 2017-18 Budget, an increase of $87 million from last year.
Minister for Mental Health Tanya Davies said this Budget delivered on the Government’s commitment to provide the investment needed to improve the lives of those who depend on these critical services.
“A key initiative of this Budget is an extra $20 million to support further implementation of the NSW mental health reform, totaling $95 million this financial year, to shift the balance from hospital care to the community,” Mrs Davies said.
“This investment gives a helping hand to those who need it by expanding community mental health teams, community managed living supports and Schoolink Coordinators.”
The extra $20 million will provide:
Further highlights of the 2017-18 Budget include:
As part of a decade-long whole-of-government enhancement of mental health care, the NSW Government is continuing to put people, not process, at the centre of the mental health care system.