In the lead up to the 2018 State Election there was a significant mental health announcement from the Premier Jay Weatherill and Minister Peter Malinauskas.
A lot of it was previously announced however this new announcement does contain a lot of good initiatives.
On behalf of the MHCSA our Executive Director Geoff Harris has welcomed the initiatives as it has a strong focus on community support. This was welcomed in the face of strong media coverage as recently as last week regarding Emergency Department problems.
The new components include (over 5 years):
– $5.5m funding for suicide prevention initiatives
– $17.2m drug and alcohol and mental health ‘funding boost for community outreach, providing drug and alcohol addiction services in the home and expanding home-based services and transitional care.’
There is not a lot of detail about the $17.2m initiative as yet but the intent is to use the funds to provide additional support in the community. SANDAS were also involved in the announcement and welcomed the initiative.