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DHSChild and Youth Mental Health Service Redesign Demonstration Projects

2.8.3  Implementation of the reform action plan

Implementation of the reform action plan will commence by July 2009.

2.9 Project management

The Area Mental Health Service within the consortium will receive and acquit project funds and accept accountability for delivery of the project outcomes on behalf of the consortium.

The department will contract with the relevant Health Service delivering the Area Mental Health Service program as the legal entity accountable for the delivery of the project.  The Health Service will be subject to the policy and service standards and guidelines that comprise the contractual requirements with the department regarding mental health services.

The Mental Health and Drugs Division will update consortia with information regarding new developments such as the release of new policies, initiatives, strategic documents and training opportunities, in a timely manner. This will enable work in the projects to remain currently and relevant to broader statewide developments associated with the Mental Health Reform Strategy.

DHS will undertake to address any issues requiring clarification or discussion at the earliest opportunity in order to reach resolution.

2.10 Funding

Project funding will be provided across four years for both of the projects commencing in 2008-09 in accord with the schedule below. Some establishment funding will be available in 2008-09. In addition, a limited number of non-recurrent service development grants to the parties will be funded in 2008-09 only (see 2.11).  

The annual funding across the four years (from 2008-09 to 2011-12 inclusive) for the metropolitan demonstration project will be up to $1.9 million per annum pro rata and the rural project up to $900,000 per annum pro rata.

In the fourth year, a plan for ongoing funded service provision that sustains the reforms will be negotiated with services involved. It is expected that some project funding will have been used for one-off establishment activities. The extent and nature of continuing service provision will draw on the evaluation findings and be consistent with the broader statewide mental health policy and directions at the time.

As the reform delivered through the demonstration projects will include existing services, it is expected that project funding will be combined with existing funding and resources to deliver the project outputs.

DHS will undertake to action funding in a timely manner.

Staged funding

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