Better Facilities To Treat Mental Health And Addiction

Mental health and alcohol and other drug facilities across the state will get a facelift thanks to new funding from the Andrews Labor Government.

Applications are open for the Labor Government’s Mental Health and Alcohol and Other Drugs Facilities Renewal Grants.

The grants are drawn from a $10 million fund aimed at supporting organisations to provide the best, recovery-oriented services for Victorians.

AOD organisations can now apply for up to $100,000, while mental health organisations can receive up to $500,000.

The grants will support building works, refurbishment projects and equipment to ensure facilities meet the needs of their local communities.

Previous grant recipients include the Alfred Hospital, which used funding to refurbish their High Dependency Unit. Latrobe Valley Community Health Service used its funding to accommodate new clinical and peer support staff, and build consultation rooms for clients.

The grants are part of the third stage of the Government’s $180 million Ice Action Plan.

Organisations can apply at dhhs.smartygrants.com.au/mhfrfyear3 – applications close on March 26, 2018.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Mental Health Martin Foley

“This is about modernising our system of care for Victorians battling addiction and experiencing mental health problems right across the state.”

“From building works to improving the amenity, space and safety of a facility – these grants offer eligible organisations a chance to deliver the best possible services for people who need them.”