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More Funding To Support Our Mental Health Facilities

Applications are now open for the Andrews Labor Government $10 million Mental Health Facilities Renewal Fund to ensure facilities can provide the best possible care.

Facilities Renewal Grants will help existing mental health and alcohol and other drug services provide better facilities for staff, consumers, carers and visitors.

Speaking at the launch of Mental Health Week in Federation Square today, Minister for Mental Health Martin Foley said the Labor Government was working to provide a world-class service system for Victorians experiencing mental illness.

This year’s theme for Mental Health week is Mental illness – where to from here? with more than 40 events being hosted across Victoria.

Facilities Renewal Grants are available to mental health community support services, public youth mental health rehabilitation services, and all state-funded alcohol and other drug services.

The grants range from $10,000 to $1 million and can be used to make ageing facilities fit for purpose, improve safety, increase quality and efficiency of services, and improve consumer choice and freedom.

This is part of the Victorian Budget 2016/17 mental health package that provided $356 million in mental health funding to implement the 10 Year Mental Health Plan – providing coordinated, integrated investment to ensure Victorians can get the best help at the right time.

For more information on the Facilities Renewal Grants visit: www2.health.vic.gov.au/mental-health/priorities-and-transformation/renewal-grants

Quotes attributable to Minister for Mental Health Martin Foley

“Mental Health Week is a great reminder for us all to reflect on our own health and wellbeing and check in on our loved ones.”

“Every year more than 1.2 million Victorians experience poor mental health – we are working hard to ensure we provide the best, most targeted care.”

“I encourage providers to apply for the facilities renewal grants to ensure they can meet contemporary standards and improve treatment for the people they support.”