The NSW Government is investing a record $10.9 billion over the next four years, including $2.6 billion in 2021-22 for mental health services to continue important work that supports people in need across the state.
Treasurer Dominic Perrottet announced the funding today as part of the 2021-2022 State Budget.
“This funding focuses on improving the lives of people living in NSW with mental illness by delivering better care both in hospitals and in the community, by providing support for individuals, carers and wider family” Mr Perrottet said.
Minister for Mental Health Bronnie Taylor said this vital funding will continue and expand proven programs in the mental health space.
“After the extraordinary events over the last two years, including unprecedented drought, floods, pandemic and now the mice plague, mental health funding is more important than ever – especially in our regions,” Mrs Taylor said.
“There is an increasing need for more specialised treatment for children and teenagers. The funding of 25 ‘Safeguards’ – Child and Adolescent Mental Health Response Teams - is a game changer for our clinicians and families. “
Key highlights of the 2021-22 Mental Health Budget include: