$10m For Mental Health Services To Smooth Path To NDIS

  • Minister for Mental Health

Mental health service providers will be ready to offer the best care when it comes to transitioning over to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), thanks to a $10 million investment from the Andrews Labor Government.

Minister for Mental Health Martin Foley has announced Sacred Heart Mission as one of 18 organisations to receive a funding boost through the NDIS Transition Support Package.

The package will be provided over two years to support organisations as they adapt their business models and organisational capability, to ensure they operate efficiently as a NDIS-funded service provider.

Sacred Heart Mission will receive $138,000 and another local provider, Star Health is set to receive $289,900 through the grants. The funding will help develop workforce capability and new business systems, such as client management systems, billing and booking systems, to manage the cost of doing business in the NDIS.

It will also be channelled to projects to respond to significant workforce challenges such as increasing the mental health and disability workforce and retraining existing staff to adapt to the NDIS delivery model.

The Labor Government has provided a further $10 million over two years in the Victorian Budget 2018/19 to support the wider disability sector, including support for people from Aboriginal communities and diverse backgrounds to overcome barriers to transition, and improvements to hospital discharge processes.

Since 2016, we have invested more than $40 million in the NDIS Transition Support Packages program and have extended transition support to the end of 2020.

As stated by Minister for Mental Health Martin Foley

“This is about supporting mental health providers to adjust their business operations and build their workforce to deliver sustainable, quality NDIS-funded support to people with a complex mental health disability.”

“This is just another example of how Victoria is leading the way in supporting people with disability as we fight for a fairer, high-quality NDIS.”

As stated by Minister for Disability, Ageing and Carers Luke Donnellan

“This is another fantastic initiative delivered by the Andrews Labor Government, which will help support Victoria’s mental health organisations and their highly-skilled workers, through the NDIS transition.”

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