New mental health support given the green light

New mental health support given the green light
A new $6 million mental health partnership will ensure flexible and personal community support for people in Northern NSW living with mental illness.

Member for Tweed Geoff Provest and Minister for Mental Health Tanya Davies today announced the new three-year partnership, between Northern NSW Local Health District (NNSWLHD) and Third Sector Australia (3SA), worth $2 million annually.

“This is a wonderful new partnership that reaffirms the NSW Government’s commitment to providing more intensive early intervention, to make sure people in Northern NSW living with mental illness are getting everything they need to stay well in the community,” Mr Provest said.

3SA’s service is based on a ‘step up, step down’ principle, which allows patients to access additional support as needed. Further to clinical care provided by NNSWLHD, 3SA will provide accommodation supports, assistance with living skills like budgeting, relationship counselling, accessing employment, and other outreach services.

“The NSW Government is working hard to provide new and better models of care for people living with mental illness. This new model will reach an average of 120 clients per week,” Mrs Davies said.

The announcement was made during a visit to the 3SA ‘Connections Centre’ at Tweed Heads South. CEO Karen Murphy said their services provide certainty for people needing support.

“We make it easier for people with mental illness to access the assistance they need, when they need it, and find natural supports within their neighbourhood. We are honoured to be providing quality mental health services in the region,” Ms Murphy said.

3SA will begin providing services under the new model to NNSWLHD patients from July 1, reaching from Tweed Heads down to Grafton and west to Casino, including outreach to rural areas.

Photo (L-R): Manager Clinical Partnerships NNSWLHD Mental Health Services, Trent Taylor; Minjungbal Man of the Bundjalung Nation, Garry Kafoa; On Track Community Program Stream Leader, Sarah Walker; NNSWLHD Acting Director Mental Health, Drug and Alcohol Services, Ian McLeish; 3SA Chief Executive Officer, Karen Murphy; Regional Manager On Track Community Programs, Trevor Schearn; Acting Network Manager Tweed Byron Mental Health, Kim McGowan; Minister for Mental Health, Tanya Davies; Member for Tweed, Geoff Provest;  On Track Community Program Community Support Worker, Tanya Drake.

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