Funding boost to improve access to local mental health & AOD facility

TaskForce, a Bentleigh-based mental health and AOD (alcohol and other drugs) facility, will receive a funding boost of $60,000 as part of Andrews Labor Government grants for community-based mental health and alcohol and drug facilities across the State.

The funding will allow for the construction of a new main entrance, installation of an access ramp, and other changes to improve universal access and safety for all.

Member for Bentleigh, Nick Staikos said the facilities renewal grants will help TaskForce to improve facilities for consumers, carers, staff and visitors.

The Andrews Labor Government has awarded $5 million in facilities renewal grants to 36 community services as part of its commitment to providing a world-leading service for Victorians experiencing mental health and alcohol and drug problems.

The $5 million facilities investment will support community-based mental health and AOD treatment facilities to deliver the best, recovery-oriented services for Victorians.

The Victorian Government has also awarded $300,000 in Mental Health Safety and Privacy Grants to seven mental health facilities to fund the installation of electronic swipe locks for users of community-based, residential services.

The recent Victorian Budget 2016-17 provides a $356 million investment in mental health, further underscoring the Government’s commitment to implement Victoria’s 10-year Mental Health Plan to achieve better mental health outcomes for Victorians and to save lives.

In addition, a further $10 million in funding to improve selected mental health, alcohol and other drug facilities was also recently announced as part of stage two of the Andrews Labor Government’s Ice Action Plan.

The $45.5 million Ice Action Plan, launched last year, addresses urgent issues to support families, provide treatment for users, protect frontline workers, close down drug manufacturers and make our community safer.

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Quotes attributable to Member for Bentleigh, Nick Staikos

“The Andrews Labor Government is building more mental health services, and funding more beds so Victorians have better access to the mental health services and treatment they need.”

“This investment will help community-based services to meet contemporary standards, and improve treatment for the people they serve.”

“This funding will help create a healthier, fairer and more inclusive society. It is the next step in our promise to deliver on our 10-year mental health plan.” 

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