Up to $1M is available to help mental health and alcohol and other drug services provide better facilities for staff, consumers, carers and visitors.
Mental Health Facilities Renewal Grants
A $10 million Mental Health Facilities Renewal Grants fund has been established for 2016-17 as part of the Victorian Government’s commitment to improve quality and safety of care for eligible Mental Health and Alcohol and Other Drug services. This grants fund will support contemporary mental health treatment for people in Victoria by enhancing the quality and addressing the issues of aged Victorian Government owned facilities.
The Mental Health Facilities Renewal Grants are designed to assist public Mental Health Clinical Services and Mental Health Community Support Services – Youth Residential Rehabilitation to:
- Improve consumer, carer and staff safety through capital investments that balance safety with the need to provide services in a therapeutic and least restrictive environment into existing facilities
- Improve amenity to enhance recovery, rehabilitation and therapeutic opportunities
- Minimise the use of restrictive practices or clinically inappropriate environments
- Improve treatment service quality and efficiency of outcomes.
The grants are for:
- Victorian Government owned properties
- Minor construction, remodelling and refurbishment projects up to $500,000
- Medium scale remodelling and redevelopment projects up to $1 million.
Applications that address the need for minor refurbishment / repairs / replacement of ageing facilities to be fit for purpose and meet current day environmental and functional standards plus one or more of the following:
- Improve safety of consumers, carers and staff
- Demonstrate how the proposal will improve the experience of service for consumers and carers
- Promote least restrictive practices
- Support the advancement of recovery, or rehabilitation and therapeutic opportunities
- Assist improving consumer choice and freedoms
- Increase quality and efficiency in treatment service outcomes and capacity
Funding is available to Victorian public Mental Health Clinical Services and Mental Health Community Support Services – Youth Residential Rehabilitation
The following public mental health services are considered eligible to apply to the 2016-17 Mental Health Facilities Renewal Grants.
Royal Children’s Hospital
St Vincent’s Health
Victorian Institute of Forensic Mental Health (Forensicare)
Albury Wodonga Health
Ballarat Health Services
Goulburn Valley Health
Latrobe Regional Hospital
Mildura Base Hospital
South West Healthcare
Youth Residential Rehabilitation
Wellways (previously MI Fellowship)
Wimmera Uniting Care
Applications close 8 December 2016.
Patients across Melbourne will receive better mental health support thanks to a $1.71 million funding boost provided to eight health services.
The money will be used to strengthen their consultant liaison pyschiatric services, which help patients in general hospital wards who need help to stay mentally well due to the impact of their illnesses or injuries. This is especially the case for patients with cancer, terminal illness, chronic illness or pain.
Minister for Mental Health Martin Foley made the annoucement this morning at Royal Melbourne Hospital.
Other health services to benefit are the Alfred, Austin, Eastern, Monash, Peninsula, Royal Childrens and St Vincent’s Health.
Minister Foley also announced funding of $5.47 million to improve 21 mental health and alcohol and other drug rehabilitation facilities across Melbourne.
The Facilities Renewal Grants will help existing mental health and alcohol and other drug services to improve their facilities for consumers, carers, visitors and staff.
They enable services to tackle critical minor infrastructure and capital works, ensuring they meet contemporary standards regarding physical amenity, space and safety.
Examples of projects funded in the grants include installing a duress alarm system at Normanby House at St George’s Hospital, upgrading airconditioning at Caulfield Hospital, refurbishing bathrooms in the Community Care Unit at Frankston Hospital, and upgrading the treatment room at Broadmeadows Acute Mental Health Aged Care Unit.