Family Mental Health Support Services Questions and Answers Issue no. 2

Wednesday 6 March 2013

Eligibility

Q1. Page 5 of the Program Guidelines state that ‘Only one application per organisation/region will be assessed.’ Could you please clarify whether one organisation can submit applications to a number of different sites?

A1. Yes organisations may apply for funding to deliver FMHSS in as many Coverage Areas as they wish.However applicants must complete a separate Application Form for each Coverage Area for which they wish to apply for funding.

Coverage Areas

Q2. Can you clarify whether other Local Government Areas are eligible to apply for FMHSS funding, or only the ones listed in your application guide?

A2. In this selection process, FMHSS funding is only available for the Coverage Areas listed on the DSS funding web page and in the Application Form.

Q3. Can you please advise if any consideration is being given to having FMHSS services in regional and rural South West Queensland (Toowoomba, Dalby, Chinchilla, Roma, Charleville, Goondiwindi, St George, Warwick)?

A3. In this selection process, FMHSS funding is only available for the Coverage Areas listed on the DSS funding web page and in the Application Form.

Q4. Can you please advise whether this funding will be available in the Northern Territory?

A4. Two new FMHSS will be available in the Northern Territory through a separate process as part of Stronger Futures, between 2013 and 2014.

Q5. The website refers to funding being available to establish New FMHSS in the Coverage Areas, which includes Moreton Bay in Queensland. Do you have a list of suburbs being targeted in Moreton Bay or is it to cover the whole of the local government boundary for the Moreton Bay Regional Council?

A5. The coverage area of Moreton Bay covers the Local Government Area of Moreton Bay.http://www.oesr.qld.gov.au/products/maps/qld-lga-asgc-2011/index.php

Q6. Can you please confirm the funding amount allocated for the latest FMHSS in the Swan and Stirling regions of Perth?

A6. As listed in the Program Guidelines Part C, funding available for each of the 20 new services will be $356,300 (GST excl.) per year.

Q7. Could you please advise whether the ACT is within scope of FMHSS? If not, could you please explain why this jurisdiction is out of scope?

A7. In this selection process, FMHSS funding is only available for Local Government Areas within the Coverage Areas listed on the DSS website at DSS funding and in the Application Form.

Areas for New FMHSS have been prioritised on the basis of filling geographic gaps in high need areas.

Q8. Could you please advise whether there is any upcoming funding in the Northern Territory for the communities of Kalkarindji / Daguragu, Yarralin, Timber Creek, Pine Creek, Nauiyu, Peppimenarti, Palumpa or Wadeye?

A8. In this selection process, FMHSS funding is only available for Local Government Areas within the Coverage Areas listed on the DSS website at DSS funding and in the Application Form.

Two new FMHSS will be available in the Northern Territory through a separate process as part of Stronger Futures, between 2013 and 2014.

Q9. Can you please advise whether any of the Lismore, Kyogle, Casino or Ballina areas are likely to receive FMHSS funding in the next 12-18 months?

A9. Decisions about future sites for new services have not been taken.

Other Issues

Q10. Are there qualification requirements for staff engaged in the TCC program? For example, will there be minimum requirements, such as a degree, or is a certificate qualification acceptable?
A10. There are no minimum requirements, however, service providers are expected to employ staff for New FMHSS with a range of backgrounds, qualifications, skills and knowledge, relevant to working with children and young people at risk of or affected by mental illness and their families.

The Applicant's demonstrated "capacity, skills base and organisational structure to employ and support appropriately skilled staff" will be considered as part of assessing Core Selection Criterion 4.

Q11. Can you please advise which agency is running the current FMHSS in Western Australia?

A11. A list of the current FMHSS providers is available on the DSS website at FMHSS providers.

Q12. Are you able to direct me to/provide a list of those FMHSS funded and established prior to the 2011-2012 budget, including the agencies providing the service?

A12. A list of the current FMHSS providers is available on the DSS website at FMHSS providers.

Q13. Are you able to advise whether the FMHSS currently being tendered have previously undergone an evaluation? If so, is this information publicly available?

A13. The operations of the first 13 New Family Mental Health Support Services that commenced in 2012 have not yet been evaluated. The 20 Coverage Areas advertised in the current process have not had a Family Mental Health Support Service before and therefore no evaluation has been undertaken.

Q14. Are you able to disclose which providers have indicated that they are submitting an application for FMHSS in each Coverage Area?

A14. The Department is unable to release this information.

Q15. Could you please clarify what services are considered “non-clinical support services” for the purposes of FMHSS funding? Part C3: Application Information of the Program Guidelines states that “supportive counselling and family interventions” and “targeted therapeutic groups” for children, young people and their families are allowable services. Is it just medical/psychiatric services that are regarded as clinical?

A15. Non-clinical support services focus on addressing the impact of mental illness and other factors on a person’s daily activities and the social disadvantage resulting from these factors, to improve their quality of life, and assist them to participate in everyday living activities and function as independently as possible in the community.They work within a recovery and empowerment model to maximise people’s opportunities to live successfully in the community. Non-clinical support services complement clinical mental health services.

Q16. We are submitting an application as the lead agency for a consortium. Do we need to list the consortium members as ‘subcontractors’ in Q.13?

A16. No, details of the consortium should be provided in Q12, including a scanned, signed statement by the proposed consortium members.

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