Mental Health Respite: Carer Support - Questions and Answers - Issue 4

Q&A issue no. 4 (Wednesday 12 December 2012)

Q1.  Are carers of people with an intellectual disability included in the current funding round?

A.  Carers of people with comorbid intellectual disability and mental illness are among those carers eligible for new or expanded MHR:CS services.

Q2.  Q32 on the Application form contains a reference to Peer Support Workers, although they are not mentioned elsewhere in the guidelines. Can you clarify?

A.  Section 4.5.7 of Part C2 of the Program Guidelines is about peer support workers and states that it is mandatory that new MHR:CS services funded from 2011–12 engage at least one peer support worker with lived experience of caring for a person with mental illness.

Q3.  Attachment A in the Application form for Targeted Community Care – (MHR:CS) lists each HACC Region with available funding per year.  Within the documentation the program is to span 5 years with an end date of June 2016.  Does this mean that the total funding will now be spread over a shorter timeframe, i.e. 3.5 years, or will the funding be for 3.5 years at the rates shown in the table? For example is the funding going to be $351,820 per year until June 2016, or $351,820 x 5 years, spread over the remaining term of the program (3.5 years).

A.  While the Budget measure provides funds over the five years from 2011–12 to 2015–16, the Department is undertaking a staged rollout of funding.  Successful organisations will enter into funding agreements with the Department for a term specified in their funding agreements.
Organisations that are successful in this process will receive annual funding at the rates shown in the table on the DSS website and in section 3.1 of Part C2 of the Program Guidelines.  The funding will be indexed annually.

Q4.  Will this available funding be indexed every year or is this going to be a standard amount?

A.  Funding is indexed annually.  Funded organisations are advised in June each year of the amount of indexation that will be applied.

Q5.  On the page of the Estimated budget for the proposed service delivery (p. 12 of application form), would the available funding per year include both assets and expenditures?

A.  Only ongoing (or recurring) costs should be included in the budget.

Q6. Can you please clarify the numbers of new Carers to be assisted in this funding round.

A.  No.  Applicants are asked in Question 30 on the Application Form to detail the number of carers and families their organisations intend to assist in a full year.

Q7. Can you please provide a specific breakdown of the funding allocation across a site? For example, the allocation for West Moreton/ South Coast is $351,820.  Is this to be shared across Ipswich, Logan and Gold Coast LGAs OR is $351,820 available to each of those Local Government Areas?

A.  In this example, $351,820 a year is available for the whole site which covers the three Local Government Areas listed.  The Department may select more than one organisation to deliver MHR:CS in the site, in which case the funding offered to each organisation would be a proportion of the $351,820 a year.

Q8.  Autism Spectrum Disorders are currently considered an ‘AXIS 2’ disorder, however, we understand that under the new Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) criteria due in May 2013, they may be considered as a Mental Illness.

In regards to this Mental Health Respite: Carer Support funding round, will Carers of children having an Autism Spectrum Disorder be eligible for respite within this program?

A.  For the purposes of MHR:CS, autism spectrum disorders are considered a subcategory of mental illness, therefore carers of people with these conditions would be eligible for MHR:CS services.  See the Glossary in Part C2 of the Program Guidelines.

Q9.  How were geographic areas selected to receive funding?

A. Areas for new and expanded MHR:CS services were prioritised according to assessed need across each state.  The Department is seeking to establish services in, or expand services into, areas of high need that are not as well serviced as others.

Q10.  My area has not been chosen for a new or expanded MHR:CS service.  Could you please consider our area if all funds in the current round are not allocated?  Are you able to suggest another suitable grant that we may be eligible to apply for?

A.  The timing of future funding rounds for MHR:CS has not yet been determined. Future funding rounds will be advertised in the media and on the DSS website.  Areas for new and expanded MHR:CS services will be selected by the Department on the same basis as those in the current funding round, that is, areas of high need that are not as well serviced as others.
A guide to funding options for community-based organisations is available on the DSS website.

Q11.  Question 21 in the Application Form asks if the Applicant is able to provide certain financial documents. If an Applicant answers YES to all three questions, does the Applicant then need to attach these documents when lodging the Application or is the Applicant only required to supply them if and when asked?

A.  Applicants do not need to attach the documents to their Applications.  The Department may ask for them to be provided at a later date.  See also the question and answer in relation to financial statements in Q&A Issue 2 (Wednesday 28 November 2012).

Q12.  Can Applicants submit covering letters  with the Applications for MHR:CS? Would you please advise to whom the letters should be addressed?

A.  In accordance with section 3.6 of Part C2 of the Program Guidelines, Applicants should only include attachments where requested to do so.  Unless special circumstances apply, the Department will not consider attachments that have not been specifically requested.

Content Updated: 14 March 2014