Up to $500,000 is available for community mental health services for capital improvements.
Community based and non-bed based clinical mental health services and Psychiatric Disability Rehabilitation and Support Services (PDRSS) make up an integral part of Victoria’s public mental health system.
The Victorian Government is committed to enhancing the capabilities of these service providers to support optimum outcomes for service consumers.
The Mental Health, Drugs and Regions Division is responsible for mental health and drugs policy, planning, strategy and programs that deliver prevention, early intervention, treatment and support to Victorians experiencing mental health or substance misuse issues, and their carers or other family members. The division is also responsible for regional coordination and operational support.
Community based non bed based clinical mental health services and Psychiatric Disability Rehabilitation and Support services make up an integral part of Victoria’s public mental health system. The State Government is committed to enhancing the capabilities of these service providers to support optimum outcomes for service consumers. In order to assist service providers to strengthen and extend service capabilities, additional capital funding has been made available.
The work of the division includes a range of statutory responsibilities including regulation and monitoring, the development of policy and quality standards, workforce development, and the delivery and monitoring of specialist mental health and alcohol and other drug services. Programs are delivered in partnership with health service providers, non-government organisations, and other public sector agencies.
To assist with submissions development, three separate guideline documents are being provided to organisations invited to lodge submissions under the Enhance Community Mental Health initiative:
- Enhance Community Mental Health: Psychiatric Disability Rehabilitation and Support services Capital Grants – for funded Psychiatric Disability Rehabilitation and Support services specifically for capital projects funding proposals
- Enhance Community Mental Health: Psychiatric Disability Rehabilitation and Support services Capital Planning Grants – in relation to capital planning funding available only to funded Psychiatric Disability Rehabilitation and Support services providers
- Enhance Community Mental Health: Clinical Community Health Services – specifically for health services funded to operate community based non residential mental health services.
To assist Psychiatric Disability Rehabilitation and Support services undertake capital planning, a limited number of Capital Planning Grants are being offered in this round. These grants are proposed for supporting the development of quality capital plans. The grants are therefore constrained to activities that deliver capital facilities plans: design feasibility plans; initial architectural and design plans; and associated quantity survey reports and engineering reports.
The objective of the Department of Health (DH) is to enhance and protect the health and wellbeing of all Victorians. We work with the community to provide better access to health, aged care and mental health and drug services. We do this through managing the public hospital system, developing health infrastructure in rural and metropolitan Victoria, pursuing opportunities for partnership with the primary care sector and other governments, public health interventions, and implementing major health initiatives, such as the Victorian Cancer Action Plan. We also encourage Victorians to improve their health through preventative health initiatives and education programs.
The primary purpose of the Enhance Community Mental Health funding is to enhance current service quality, capabilities and capacity by investing in capital modifications to Victorian community based mental health services facilities.
Consistent with sector reform directions, capital investment priorities for Psychiatric Disability Rehabilitation and Support services have been identified as:
- capital improvements in youth residential rehabilitation facilities to ensure appropriate conditions for consumers are met and/or to promote innovative practice
- capital investments that support the enhancement of existing community based service delivery quality and/or drive service delivery innovation, including integration with Alcohol and Other Drug services and other human services and capital investments that improve facilities to create or enhance child friendly, family centric, carer and gender sensitive environments
- capital improvements that enhance conditions in supported accommodation services to ensure an appropriate standard of accommodation, in properties owned by the Victorian State Government
- capital projects that result in facility safety improvements, with a focus on properties owned by the Victorian State Government or by services.
Services are encouraged to include schematic plans, photographs and other documentation that assists to illustrate the proposed capital improvement anticipated. This criterion is weighted critical.
The service provider demonstrates (a) an understanding of the initiative objective and (b) how the capital project proposed will positively impact on:
- youth residential rehabilitation facilities to ensure appropriate conditions for consumers are met and/or to promote innovative practice
- youth residential services to create or enhance child friendly, family centric, carer and gender sensitive
- service delivery quality and/or drive service delivery innovation consistent with sector reform directions, including integration with Alcohol and Other Drug services and other human services
- conditions in supported accommodation to ensure an appropriate standard of accommodation, in properties owned by services or leased to services by the Department of Health
- facility safety, with a focus on properties owned by the State Government or by services.
The service provider demonstrates that the initiative can be delivered within the budget proposed and inside a period of 18 months after receiving funding.
The service provider demonstrates that local consumer and carer representatives have been consulted in regards to the project.
Submissions for funding requests up to $500,000 can be made.
Starting from 2012-13, a total of $7.5 million over three years is available through the Enhance Community Mental Health initiative. In this funding round, $3 million is available under this initiative.
The closing date for submissions is 17th May, 2013.
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