Up to $500,000 is available for community-based mental health and alcohol and drug services to improve facilities.

Mental Health and Alcohol and Other Drugs Facilities Renewal Grants

 

Overview

The Mental Health and Alcohol and Other Drug Services Capital Grant Program will help community-based organisations to deliver the best, recovery-oriented services for Victorians.

The Victorian Government has committed $5 million in 2015-16 to invest in improving facilities that provide community Mental Health and Alcohol and Drug Services.

 

Objectives

The Mental Health and Alcohol and Other Drug Services Capital Grant Program is designed to encourage:

  • Addressing problems relating to building condition and compliance according to Australian Standards due to aged and poor quality facilities
  • Improving safety, including for staff, women and vulnerable persons
  • Making facilities fit for purpose to contemporary standards improving effectiveness and efficiency in service delivery to achieve client and carer outcomes.

 

Eligible Projects

The Mental Health and Alcohol and Other Drugs Capital Grant Program will support highest priority, highest service risk minor capital works projects at Mental Health Clinical community based services, Community Care and Secure Extended Care Units, Residential Rehabilitation Services and Alcohol and Other Drug Services community based providers.

Mental Health Facilities Renewal Grants
The Mental Health Facilities Renewal Grants will support the highest priority, highest service risk minor capital
works projects at community based clinical services, Community Care and Secure Extended Care Units and
Residential Rehabilitation Services.

Grants from this minor capital works program can be used for:

  • Addressing problems relating to building condition and compliance according to Australian Standards due to
    aged and poor quality facilities
  • Improving safety, including for staff, women and vulnerable person
  • Making facilities fit for purpose to contemporary standards improving effectiveness and efficiency in service delivery to achieve client and carer outcomes.

Alcohol and Other Drugs Facilities Renewal Grants
The Alcohol and Other Drug Facilities Renewal Grants will support the highest priority, highest service risk, projects at community based, acute withdrawal and residential services.

Grants from this program can be used to:

  • Address problems relating to building condition and compliance according to Australian Standards due to aged and poor quality facilities
  • Improve safety, including for staff, women and vulnerable persons
  • Make fit for purpose to contemporary standards improving effectiveness and efficiency in service delivery to achieve client outcomes and support recovery

Mental Health Safety and Privacy Grants

Grants from this program can be used to:

  • Improve safety, privacy and access by the installation of electronic swipe system locks on bedroom doors that provide consumer lockable bedrooms in Clinical Mental Health Community Care Units and Mental Health Community Support Service Residential Rehabilitation facilities.

 

Funding

Mental Health Facilities Renewal Grants – Up to $500,000 is available to support the highest priority, highest service risk, minor capital works projects at community based clinical services, Community Care and Secure Extended Care Units and Residential Rehabilitation Services.

Alcohol and Other Drugs Facilities Renewal Grants – Up to $500,000 is available to support the highest priority, highest service risk, minor capital works projects at community based alcohol and other drug treatment services, counselling and residential services.

Mental Health Safety and Privacy Grants – Up to $50,000 is available to  improve safety, privacy and access by installation of electronic swipe system locks on bedroom doors that provide consumer lockable bedrooms in Clinical Mental Health Community Care Units and Mental Health Community Support Service Residential Rehabilitation facilities.

 

Eligible Applicants

Selected Victorian Government funded services that are considered as:

  • Mental Health Clinical community based services including Community Care and Secure Extended Care Units and Residential Rehabilitation services
  • Alcohol and Other Drug service providers including Counselling and Support, Withdrawal, Residential and Specialist Services.

 

Timing

Application closes 30 November 2015.

 

Media Release

Mental health services, and services that treat people who are dependent on alcohol and other drugs, can now apply for $5.5 million in funding from the Andrews Labor Government, Minister for Mental Health Martin Foley announced today as part of Mental Health Week.

Mental Health and Alcohol and Other Drugs Facilities Renewal Grants will help existing, community-based organisations to deliver the best, recovery-oriented services for Victorians.

Services can apply for up to $500,000 for building works to improve physical amenity, space and safety.

Up to $500,000 of the $5.5 million will be available for Mental Health Safety and Privacy Grants, to fund the installation of electronic swipe system locks for people staying in community-based mental health services.

Services can apply for up to $50,000 in funding for the installation of electronic swipe system locks on bedroom doors in community-based, residential services to improve the privacy and safety of consumers.

As a further boost to the safety for staff, patients and visitors, the Government will invest a further $10 million investment  in mental health inpatient facilities under the Health Service Violence Prevention Fund.

Grants will be allocated and announced early next year.

For more information and submission guidelines, visit www2.health.vic.gov.au//hsvpf