$14 million funding boost to mental health including AOD sector

Families and Friends for Drug Law Reform are very pleased with the recent announcement to the community support sector.

“Through this package, the ACT government will ensure Canberrans can continue to access the support they need through the current challenges and into the future,” Mr Barr said.

The funding is as follows:

  • $1 million to expand the Police, Ambulance and Clinician Emergency Response program.
  • $524,000 for Directions Health Services to meet increased demand for primary care and opioid maintenance treatment.
  • $300,000 for Community Options to deliver additional support for social housing clients.
  • $300,000 for the Canberra Alliance for Harm Minimisation and Advocacy for additional Peer Treatment Support Workers, helping to support people with complex needs.
  • $200,000 to provide more services and additional support for people affected by eating disorders.
  • $160,000 for flexible alcohol and other drug services to provide additional treatment and counselling support to those with substance abuse conditions.
  • $110,000 for the Interchange Health Co-op to care for some of Canberra’s most vulnerable.
  • $90,000 to extend services to young people suffering moderate to severe mental illness.
  • $80,000 between Gugan Gulwan and Yeddung Mura to provide support to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Canberrans.
  • $70,000 to Mental Illness Education ACT for programs for schools, individuals, and businesses.
  • $40,000 for Companion House for social support services for asylum seekers and refugees.
  • $40,000 to CARE Financial Counselling to support people who have lost work.

Full report here