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DHSChild and Youth Mental Health Service Redesign Demonstration Projects

ABackground and overview

This document has been prepared to assist interested service providers to prepare and lodge a submission to undertake one of two Child and Youth Mental Health Service Redesign Demonstration Projects (‘the Demonstration Projects’). These four-year demonstration projects focus on improving outcomes for children and young people aged 0-25 years through the reform, expansion and better integration of mental health services funded through the three tiers of government.

The demonstration projects are to commence in 2008-09. The Department of Human Services (DHS) is seeking suitably qualified and experienced service providers to engage in a rigorous process of local planning and service redesign in order to deliver the services and reform agenda described in this brief. The project focus outlined in this submission brief draws on the mental health reform strategy green paper Because Mental Health Matters. Successful consortia will develop plans in the context of the mental health reform strategy statement which is due for release late 2008.

This is not an open public tender process — only consortia including at least Victorian public mental health services (both clinical and psychiatric disability rehabilitation and support services) and a primary health organisation (see section 2.7) are eligible to lodge a submission for these demonstration projects.

Because Mental Health Matters is available on the Mental Health and Drugs Division website at http://www.health.vic.gov.au/mentalhealth

Key project dates are indicated below.

Call for submissions advertised

22 August 2008

Information/briefing session for interested service providers

4 September 2008

Closing date and time for submissions

17 October 2008, (4:30pm AEST)

Shortlisting to be completed by

24 October 2008

Interviews to be conducted by

31 October 2008

All service providers to be advised of outcome by

7 November 2008

Project activities commence by

5 December 2008

Part D of this document provides a template for submissions.

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