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Ticks For Investment In Prevention, But No Response To Looming Gap
The Andrews’ Government’s ‘Getting it done’ State Budget, deserves big ticks for the investment being made in some key areas of mental health need for Victorians.
Mental Health Victoria welcomes the investment in mental health outlined in this budget, with a focus on prevention and reducing unnecessary admissions. In particular:
‘We know that too many people are dying from suicide, so the Government’s commitment to saving lives is very welcome,’ said Kim Koop, Mental Health Victoria CEO.
‘However, it is disappointing that the budget does not directly address the looming gap between disability and acute services, as we see the transitioning of MHCSS funds to NDIS from May 2017. This means there is continuing uncertainty about the future of psychosocial rehabilitation services.’
‘It is a positive budget for mental health, however the introduction of NDIS will test the system capacity to adapt and meet the needs of consumers and families,’ said Ms Koop. ‘We are relieved to see that the Government does intend to monitor the risks associated with implementing full Scheme.’
‘Mental Health Victoria will continue to work with the State Government through the transition period, to ensure the impact on consumers, families and workers is understood and considered in future strategies.’
The Victorian Budget 2016-17 provides a $356 million investment in mental health, with a focus on providing better access to services and investing in prevention. The funding allocation to mental health includes:
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