$17 Million To Help People With Mental Illness Live Well In Western Sydney

People with severe mental illness will receive additional support to access stable and secure accommodation in Western Sydney, with an investment of more than $17 million from the NSW Government to continue the Housing and Accommodation Support Initiative (HASI) Plus.

Baulkham Hills State Liberal MP David Elliott announced funding to help 20 people at two local facilities in Carlingford live in the community with the support of Parramatta Mission.

“Local mental health patients will continue getting the help they need thanks to targeted services, and the NSW Government is committed to providing this ongoing support,” Mr Elliott said.

“This investment means consumers can live safely in our community with access to flexible clinical and psychosocial services in fit-for-purpose accommodation.”

Accommodation ranges from groups of self-contained apartments to modified houses with shared cooking facilities and living areas.

Minister for Mental Health Tanya Davies said the program provides support from 16 to 24 hours a day and helps mental health consumers build skills to understand their rights and responsibilities as tenants.

“This funding will support around 60 people with a severe mental illness that impacts their day-to-day life to build independence and lead their own recovery,” Mrs Davies said.

“The HASI program provides intensive, recovery orientated support and stable accommodation so people with a lived experience of persistent mental illness can transition out of long-term hospital care to live well in the community.”

In 2018-19 the NSW Government will invest $100 million as part of the 10-year vision for mental health reform in NSW.

For more information, visit health.nsw.gov.au/mentalhealth/Pages/program-info-mh.aspx.