Family Mental Health Support Services Questions and Answers Issue no. 3

Wednesday 13 March 2013

Eligibility

Q1.  Could you please advise if Public Hospitals are eligible to apply for FMHSS funding?

A1.  Organisations are eligible to apply if they are one of the eligible entity types listed in Section 3.2 of Part C3 of the Program Guidelines.  Generally public hospitals will not be eligible because they are state or territory government entities and are not one of the eligible entity types listed in section 3.2.

Q2.  We are interested in partnering with the Local Health District (LHD).  Is a LHD an eligible organisation as per 3. of the Application form?  Would the LHD fit under the entity type of 'Organisation established through specific commonwealth or state / territory funding'?

A2.  Organisations are eligible to apply if they are one of the eligible entity types listed in Section 3.2 of Part C3 of the Program Guidelines.

Potential applicants should make their own enquiries to determine whether their organisation and their consortium members are eligible entity types.

Coverage Areas

Q3.  Can you please advise whether FMHSS funding is available for Indigenous Communities in the Northern Territory?  We are getting conflicting information from different web pages.  Some of them indicate that funding is available to all States and Territories, but the DSS website excludes the Northern Territory from the list of Coverage Areas.

Q4.  I notice that Alice Springs is not mentioned in the sites that are eligible to apply for FMHSS funding.  Is this correct?

Q5.  Are Targeted Community Care (Mental Health) Program Family Mental Health Support Services (FMHSS) grants available for communities in the Northern Territory?

A3,4,5.  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.

Two new FMHSS will be available in the Northern Territory through a separate process as part of Stronger Futures that will be undertaken later this year or in 2014.

Q6.  Does FMHSS funding cover North East Victoria, specifically Wangaratta?

A6.  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. 

Other Issues

Q7.  Can the funding be used to secure places at a Neighbourhood House for crisis childcare for children who have a parent with a mental illness?

A7.  New FMHSS cannot provide crisis services.  See section 4.1.4 of Part C3 of the Program Guidelines.

Q8.  Is there an ascribed funding limit allocated to each LGA or how funding levels may otherwise be determined?

A8.  As listed in section 3.1 of Part C3 of the Program Guidelines, funding available for each of the 20 new services will be $356,300 (GST exclusive) per year.

Q9.  The Q&A page says that there will be ‘establishment funding’ provided. Can you please advise how much this will be?

A9.  The amount of establishment funding to be provided has not yet been determined and will depend on a range of factors, such as location of service.

Q10.  Are there any information sessions being conducted in relation to this application process?

A10.  There are no information sessions being conducted in relation to this application process.

Successful service providers funded to establish New FMHSS are required to attend at least two training sessions or workshops run by DSS.  Funding for this will be provided in the establishment budget.

The training sessions are to ensure all New FMHSS providers understand the intent of the program and are familiar with and confident to use the range of tools, processes and systems in place to support the delivery of FMHSS.

Q11.  Criterion 2 of the application asks for a service delivery model.  Are there any prescribed elements for this model or is it the responsibility of the applicant to develop a model responsive to the particular Coverage Area?

A11.  Special requirements for New FMHSS are listed in section 4.5 of Part C3 of the Program Guidelines.  Requirements for all FMHSS are listed in section 4.4 of Part C3 of the Program Guidelines.  Applicants are expected to use the information to develop a model that aligns with the Program Guidelines in response to the needs in a particular coverage area.

Q12.  Is it possible to apply for funding in the current round of funding for FMHSS to service just a particular age group, not just 0-18? For example, an early intervention service that is well placed to provide FMHSS services to age group 0-8, but not the older age groups? Can we just apply to provide services to our specialist age group or do we need to partner with an adolescent service, to put an application in?

A12.  New FMHSS are intended to deliver support to children (0-12) and young people (aged 13-18) at risk of or affected by mental illness and their families.  A provider may propose focusing their services on a subset of this group based on analysis of the local services system but must remain open to accepting referrals for children and young people and their families across the whole age spectrum.

Q13.  In Part C3 of the Program Guidelines – section 4.3.2 –Ineligible activities for FMHSS funding, it states ‘costs that are not directly related to FMHSS service delivery’.

Where would corporate overheads be allocated in this budget?

A13.  Corporate overheads, such as operating and administration expenses, directly related to the delivery of FMHSS are eligible activities.  Part C – section 4.3.1 provides a list of eligible activities.

Q14.  Page 8 of Part C3 of the Program Guidelines states that “Funding amounts are subject to indexation from July 2013 and do not include supplementation that organisations may be eligible to receive because of recent pay awards.”  The indexation in July 2013 refers to the “cost of living wage adjustment” declared by Fair Work Australia, and is flowed on to workers in July each year.  Will organisations that are funded be eligible to receive pay equity supplementation when it is paid in early December each year? 

A14.  Successful organisations may be eligible to receive Commonwealth Social and Community Services Award supplementation in addition to the funding amounts listed in the Program Guidelines and the Application Form.  The Department will ascertain the eligibility of all successful Applicants for supplementation, and include the supplementation in funding agreements.

DSS will advise its service providers in June each year of the rate of indexation to be applied to the next year’s funding.  The rate, calculated by the Department of Finance and Deregulation, is based on a number of factors and indicators and varies from program to program.

Q15.  What is the amount of funding available for Dubbo-Wellington in NSW?

A15.  As listed in section 3.1 of Part C3 of the Program Guidelines, funding available for each of the 20 new services will be $356,300 (GST excl.) per year.

Q16.  Can you please clarify the two questions below which relate to the FHMSS Grant Application:

  • Are the target numbers allocated in the funding guidelines per site name or per service area?
  • Is the funding allocation of $356,300 allocated per site or is the funding of $356,300 allocated to each of the service areas?   For example: if funding is allocated to each of the service areas, the site of Albany will receive 3 x $356,300 as there are 3 service areas (Albany, Plantagenet and Denmark).

A16.  Target numbers listed in Part C3 of the Program Guidelines (for example, sections 4.2 and 4.5.3) are per site.  Each site includes all Service Coverage Areas listed on the funding application page in some cases this will be one Local Government Area in other cases it will be more than one Local Government Area.  Funding is allocated per site. In the example provided, the site of Albany would receive $356,300 and would include the 3 Local Government Areas of Albany, Plantagenet and Denmark in its coverage area.

Q17.  Part C3: Application Information for the Family Mental Health Support Services activity under the Targeted Community Care (Mental Health) Program February 2013 states on page 12 that criterion 5 has a word limit of 600 words yet the application form states a 1,200 word limit.  Can you please confirm which is correct?

A17.  The word limit for criterion 5 is 1200 words, as stated on the Application form.  Please disregard the statement at page 12 of the Program Guidelines Targeted Community Care (Mental Health) Part C3: Application Information for the Family Mental Health Support Services activity, dated February 2013, that states Criterion 5 has a word limit of 600 words.  We apologise for any inconvenience this may have caused.

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