Minister for Mental Health Tanya Davies
today announced the extension of NSW Government funding for the Community
Living Supports (CLS) program, with more than $21 million annually for three
“This funding will help tailor
individual support for people living with mental illnesses to assist them to participate in their communities to the fullest,”
Mrs Davies said.
“The CLS program helps individuals to
work with local support workers, clinicians, family members and friends to
develop a unique support plan to assist day-to-day activities.”
Support includes help with shopping,
finances, cooking, catching public transport, accessing education, getting a
job, remembering mental and physical health appointments, taking
medication and getting
involved in sporting
and social activities.
“Community participation and avoiding
social isolation are important elements of recovery for a person living with
mental illness and this program is designed to provide this support,” Mrs
The CLS program is delivered in
partnership with community organisations Flourish, Neami, Wellways, Parramatta
Mission, Mission Australia, New Horizons and Open Minds.
More than 750 people in NSW are
currently being supported by CLS, which provides
flexible and varying levels of support according to daily individual needs.
CLS funding is part of a NSW Government investment of $400 million
over four years to strengthen early intervention and
specialist community mental health teams, enhance psychosocial supports and
transition long-stay patients into the community.
For local mental
health services call the NSW Mental Health Line on 1800 011 511.