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DHSChild and Youth Mental Health Service Redesign Demonstration Projects

The amount of funding provided to each project will be negotiated with the successful consortia and will take into account the size of the project area, the population 0-25 yrs to be served, and the scope of the proposed reforms.  

Project funding will be allocated in a two-stage process:

Stage 1 — Project development funding ($150,000 one-off) to employ a project coordinator will be provided on announcement of the two successful consortia. The coordinator will act as the consortium’s primary point of contact with the Mental Health and Drugs Division for the duration of the project. This position will be required to develop a work plan and assist the consortium to undertake the tasks required to develop the Child and Youth Reform Action Plan within agreed timelines (see section 3).

Stage 2 — Implementation funding (recurrent project funding) will be provided once the reform action plan is agreed by the Regional Partnership Group and the Mental Health and Drugs Division in the second quarter of 2008-09. Development of the reform action plan will be the mechanism by which the level of recurrent project funding will be agreed.  Implementation of reforms will then commence.

While it is expected that most of the new funding will be combined with existing resources to expand activities involving mental health services directly, allocation of some funding to other services to enable a consortium to better deliver their reform action plan will be at the discretion of the consortium.

Any proposal for funding non-State services will need to be discussed in advance with the Mental Health and Drugs Division. For example, funding could be provided to strengthen supports to GPs or to purchase capacity through headspace with the aim of assisting better partnerships with schools. Funding could be allocated to coordinate an innovative service team, bringing together staff from a range of programs including mental health, drug and alcohol and child and family support staff to provide ‘wrap-around’ services for young people living in supported accommodation settings.

Some establishment funding will be made available to the consortia in 2008-09.

2.11 Service development grants

To capture broader interest at this early stage of reform, promising consortia that submit unsuccessful proposals may be offered limited one–off funding to progress local service reform planning and activities.

Although the number of consortia that will receive service development funding, and the quantum of this funding, will be dependent upon the number and quality of submissions received, it is expected that up to six one-off grants of between $50,000 and $150,000 will be provided.

In their submission, all consortia should indicate the reform area(s) that they would focus on with a service development grant.

2.12 Project governance and support

The Mental Health and Drugs Division will manage the projects within government and will put in place activities to assist the consortia to successfully deliver the projects.

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