State Election 2018: Labor’s Mental Health Initiatives

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State Election 2018: Labor’s Mental Health Initiatives

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.
There has been some print media on it already and here you can read what InDaily wrote about it.
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.

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