Programmes & Services

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:

  • assistance for people severely impacted by mental illness, including services with an employment focus for those who have employment as a primary goal
  • early intervention support to vulnerable families with children and young people who are showing early signs or, or are at risk of developing mental illness
  • a range of flexible support options for carers and families of people with severe mental illness, including services with an employment focus for those who have employment as a primary goal and
  • mental health promotion, education and advocacy.

Community Mental Health Guidelines Overview

Enhanced Social and Community Support Measure

The Enhanced Social and Community Support Measure is part of the Australian Government’s broader drought assistance package. The measure provides ongoing enhanced social and community support to assist farmers, their families and drought-affected communities who are experiencing family relationship issues, distress or mental illness. Read on for more information on the Social and Community Support Measure of the Drought Assistance Package, including a full list of service providers.

Further information on the Drought and Rural Assistance package is available on the Department of Agriculture website.

Family Mental Health Support Services

(FMHSS) provide early intervention support to assist vulnerable families with children and young people up to age 18 years who are at risk of, or affected by, mental illness. 

More information about FMHSS

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*Personal Helpers and Mentors

Personal Helpers and Mentors (PHaMs) provides practical assistance for people aged 16 years and over, whose lives are severely affected by their mental illness, by helping them overcome social isolation and increase their connections to the community.

More information about PHaMs

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*Personal Helpers and Mentors Employment

(Personal Helpers and Mentors Employment) services are specifically funded to assist people with mental illness to address non-vocational barriers to finding or keeping a job.

More information about PHaMs Employment

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*Mental Health Respite: Carer Support

Mental Health Respite: Carer Support (MHR:CS) provides a range of flexible respite and family support options for carers of people severely impacted by mental illness.  The aim of services is to provide support for the carer and their family, to help them maintain their caring role.

More information about MHR:CS

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Employment-focused Mental Health Respite: Carer Support

Employment-focused MHR:CS provides intensive support to carers of people with mental illness to address non-vocational barriers to carers achieving workforce participation.

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*Note: -PHaMs and MHR:CS have been identified as services in scope for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).  During the NDIS trial, PHaMs participants and MHR:CS clients living in a trial site will continue to access their current services, and have their eligibility for the scheme assessed over time.

Please see the NDIS website for more information.

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