Mental Health a winner in the Vic Budget 2018/19

In the State Budget 2019/20 the Victorian Government announced an interim funding package to address some critical gaps in the mental health system ahead of the Royal Commission’s interim report which is to be released in November 2019.

Mental Health Victoria has welcomed the new funding and has noted that it ‘paves the way’ for more significant commitments and action once the historic Royal Commission into the mental health system delivers its interim and final reports.  As we all know, the investment needed will be very large. Read the full media release here. 

Budget in brief:

Mental health funding has increased by 8.5% year-on-year.

Total mental health spending will increase from around $1.606 billion in FY2018-19 to $1.743 billion in FY2019-20.

Key budget initiatives include:

$17.1 million for the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System

$35.3 million for more services at three prevention and recovery care facilities (PARCS) and additional community service hours for an additional 7,000 people

$23.3 million for an extra 28 mental health inpatient beds

$10.2 million for a new residential rehabilitation facility in Gippsland

$8.5 million to provide treatment and support to Aboriginal Victorians with moderate to severe mental illness and other complex needs

$6 million to establish a Centre for Excellence for Emergency Worker Mental Health

$5.7 million in additional funding for the Mental Health Complaints Commissioner and the Mental Health Tribunal.

Related initiatives funded outside the Mental Health portfolio include:

$209 million for public housing to build 1,000 homes over three years in Geelong, Ballarat, Darebin, Maribyrnong, Stonnington and Whitehorse council areas

$103.5 million in matched funding through the National Housing and Homelessness Agreement to provide funding certainty for 48 agencies delivering services to people experiencing or at risk of homelessness

$81.6 million for a new 120-bed public residential aged care service in Wantirna, including 60 high care beds and 60 aged care mental health beds

$50.4 million for homelessness services

$20 million to reduce incarceration of women, including for programs targeted at women in prison with mental illness, intellectual disability or cognitive impairment