DSS helps to support Australians' mental health and wellbeing, through programs & services, benefits & payments, and grants for service providers.
Community Mental Health Activity
The Community Mental Health Activity commenced on 1 July 2014. Prior to this, community-based mental health services were funded through the Targeted Community Care Program.
Under this Activity, eligible organisations are funded to provide:
- early intervention support to vulnerable families with children and young people who are showing early signs of, or are at risk of developing, mental illness
- support for young people with mental illness to achieve and maintain participation in education and/or employment
- support for carers of people with mental illness who have employment as a primary goal, and
- support for the recovery of people with mental illness that includes drug and alcohol use disorders and/or gambling disorders.
See Programs & Services for more information.