Partners in Recovery Program Moves Closer
Minister for Mental Health, Mark Butler, has released funding guidelines for the Federal Government’s $549.8 million mental health program Partners in Recovery.
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7 August 2012
Minister for Mental Health, Mark Butler, today released funding guidelines for the Federal Government’s $549.8 million mental health program Partners in Recovery.
The announcement was made at the 13th Australia and New Zealand Mental Health Conference held at the Outrigger in Surfers Paradise.
The guidelines reveal how the new program will operate, how funding will be allocated, who can apply and how applications will be assessed.
Mr Butler said the program would provide coordinated support and flexible funding for people with severe and ongoing mental illness with complex support needs.
“The last thing people with severe mental illness, their families and carers need is to battle with multiple service systems,” Mr Butler said.
“Partners in Recovery is designed to pull together services like income support, housing, employment, medical care and education which can often lack coordination.”
Mr Butler said the Partners in Recovery funding would be available in each of the 61 Medicare Local geographic regions around Australia.
“The guidelines are being released to give stakeholders early information and time to prepare proposals.”
“Organisations will be invited to apply for funding in the coming weeks.”
“Once selected, organisations will be funded to help connect people with the full range of services.”
Partners in Recovery organisations will be established from late 2012.
To supplement the guidelines, information sessions will be held in each capital city.
Details are available at the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing website.
For more information, please contact the Minister’s Office on 02 6277 7280
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