Community Mental Health - Early Intervention Support for Children and Young People - Fact sheet

Early intervention support improves mental health outcomes for children and young people and enables them to reach their full potential.

Support is available for vulnerable children and young people who are showing early signs of, or are at risk of developing, mental illness.

What has been offered?

From 1 March 2015, 40 organisations will be funded a total of $50.3 million through to 30 June 2017. These organisations will deliver mental health early intervention services in 56 high-need areas.

By targeting services to locations with the highest need, the greatest number of the most vulnerable children and young people will have access to intensive, early intervention and prevention services.

What services will be delivered?

All services will follow the same Family Mental Health Support Services (FMHSS) model, which can be adapted to meet the needs of children and young people up to 18 years of age, their families and carers. 

The FMHSS service model has three elements that will be delivered by each funded organisation. These elements are:

  • intensive, long-term, early intervention support, based on a Family Action Plan
  • (Family Action Plans are developed with the children and young people and their supporting adults to articulate self-identified life goals to overcome mental health challenges/issues)
  • short-term information, referraland assistance for families
  • community outreach and group work to improve the community’s capacity to identify and respond to the mental health needs of children and young people.

Funded organisations will work with vulnerable children, young people and their families, including:

  • Indigenous Australians
  • people from CALD backgrounds, including humanitarian entrants and recently arrived migrants
  • families experiencing homelessness, unemployment, drug and alcohol abuse, domestic violence and history of trauma
  • children in contact with the child protection system
  • young people leaving out-of-home care.

These services develop and maintain close links with other services including, but not limited to:

  • family support services
  • clinical services
  • ‘first-to-know’ agencies such as childcare centres, schools and general practitioners
  • child protection agencies
  • Department of Human Services (Centrelink)
  • housing agencies
  • youth services.

The new way of working for grants

The Department’s new grant arrangements provide greater certainty for social service providers to improve service delivery for the community.

As part of this new way of working for grants, service providers have the scope and flexibility to be responsive, innovative and creative in meeting the needs of, and achieving better outcomes for the Australian community.

These improvements will create a more efficient and effective way of delivering government funds to the community by reducing red tape and duplication for service providers and creating more streamlined, simplified and consistent reporting processes.

For more information on the new way of working for grants visit the DSS Grants page.

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