Queensland Alliance for Mental Health (QAMH) welcomes today’s announcement by the Minister for Families and Social Services, Hon Paul Fletcher MP, that funding will be provided for the next 12 months to cover community mental health programs:
• Personal Helpers and Mentors (PHaMs),
• Partners in Recovery, and
• Support for Day to Day Living in the Community.
This funding provides a continuation to those organisations providing these vital supports and services to some of our most vulnerable members of our community.
This means that people experiencing mental illness will now have some level of certainly that their supports will continue for the next 12 months while supporting their transition to the NDIS.
However, QAMH remains concerned for those people who are not eligible for the NDIS.
Acting CEO Jacklyn Whybrow said this funding announcement today is something the sector has been eagerly awaiting.
“As part of the Community Mental Health Australia (CMHA), we have worked tirelessly with the Federal Government to highlight our concerns and the needs of the people accessing these services,” Ms Whybrow said.
“While the announcement of additional funding helps, we must remember the uniqueness of Queensland remote and regional communities and the needs of the people living in these regions.”
Dr Andrew Young, CEO Aftercare, one of the nation’s largest providers for these community mental health programs, confirms that providing services in regional and remote areas of Queensland remains a challenge.
“We welcome this funding as it will allow us to provide services for the next twelve months in regions where access to NDIS providers specialising in mental illness is difficult.” Dr Young said.
“Over this time, we will continue to assist people to transition to the NDIS across Queensland and Australia.” Dr Young said.
We look forward to further announcements from the Federal Government concerning the distribution of this additional funding, as well as the Continuity of Support funding.