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DHSChild and Youth Mental Health Service Redesign Demonstration Projects

All service activities will require compliance with relevant service or other quality-based service standards.  

Specification 3: Budget

The submission should indicate how the project will be managed financially within the health service as lead agency and fund holder for the consortium. The extent of any health service corporate overheads to be deducted from the project funding should be identified in the submission. Transparent accounting processes for the expenditure of project funding will be required for both consortia members and the Mental Health and Drug Division and should be described in the submission.

Where it is proposed to fund or purchase services from other organisations, processes should be described. It is expected that project funding distributed by the health service will not attract health service corporate overheads.

Evaluation of submissions

6.1 Selection criteria

The following criteria will be used to evaluate submissions and to determine the two successful consortia. The submission process itself is described in Part C of this document.

Criterion 1: Understanding of mental health reform:  The submission reflects a clear understanding of mental health reform directions for children and young people (aged 0-25) in Victoria and offers an early vision and viable approach as to how this would be achieved in the proposed catchment area.

Applicants demonstrate a sound understanding of issues in mental health reform and a willingness, shared across the consortium, to develop or strengthen partnerships and to progress the mental health reform agenda generally. The consortium demonstrates an understanding of the drivers and the goals of service reform that will underpin service redesign in these projects particularly in relation to Focus Area 2.1 and 2.2 in the consultation paper Because Mental Health Matters. Throughout the submission, the consortium demonstrates application of the seven service reform principles (see section 2.3) as applied to this age group in presenting a viable approach that outlines how reform might be achieved in the area.

The submission also outlines how broader alliances involving universal and secondary services will be developed over time.

Criterion 2:  Needs and outcome targets: The submission demonstrates the need for the project in the proposed area, describes the catchment and provides initial estimates in relation to improved and expanded services and improved client outcomes.

The submission provides an initial analysis of the area’s demographic profile indicating areas of high need and population vulnerability, access issues and concerns, suggest priority areas for reforms and indicative outcomes and targets for expanded and reformed services (see sections 2.2 and 4).

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