The State Government has awarded grants to community services to provide more support for people in the G21 reigon experiencing mental health, alcohol and other drug problems.
Visiting Geelong today (11 May 2016), Minister for Mental Health Martin Foley said facilities renewal grants of $846,000 will help Geelong-based services improve their facilities for consumers, carers, staff and visitors.
Funding will see:
- Barwon Child Youth and Family receive $500,000 for disability access, establish a mix of functional work, counselling, group, and family areas
- Barwon Health receive $315,000 to improve the therapeutic space, admin and staff area, and upgrade the duress system
- Youth Substance Abuse Service receive $31,000 for disability access and facility repairs.
The State Government has also awarded $300,000 in Mental Health Safety and Privacy Grants to seven mental health facilities across the state to fund the installation of electronic swipe system locks for users of community-based, residential services.
The Victorian Budget 2016/17 invests $356 million in mental health, underscoring the State Government’s progress on Victoria’s 10-year Mental Health Plan.
In addition, a further $10 million to improve selected mental health, alcohol and other drug facilities was also recently announced as part of stage two of the Government’s Ice Action Plan.
The $45.5 million Ice Action Plan launched last year, addresses urgent issues to support families, provide treatment for users, protect frontline workers, close down drug manufacturers and make our community safer.
Minister for Mental Health Martin Foley said: “This will help community-based services to meet contemporary standards, and improve treatment for the people they serve.”
“This funding will help create a healthier, fairer and more inclusive society. It is the next step in our 10-year Mental Health Plan.”
Source: Based on a state government media release