February 16, 2015

Labor welcomes today’s announcement of a 12 month extension of funding to the Personal Helpers and Mentors program and the Mental Health Respite: Carer Support program.


“This is welcome news for mental health service providers and the people that rely on them,” said Shadow Minister for Mental Health, Senator Jan McLucas.


“As people with mental illness transition into the National Disability Insurance Scheme, it is important that there is continuity of services,” she said.


“This funding will ensure that continuity.”


“Of course, more work needs to be done to ensure a smooth transition to the NDIS for people with mental illness,” said Shadow Minister for Families and Payments, Jenny Macklin.


“Labor looks forward to working with the Minister and the NDIA, through the joint Parliamentary Committee, to ensure this transition is as seamless as possible,” she said.


“Labor also looks forward to the release of the final report of the mental health review,” said Senator McLucas.


“This will outline the future of mental health services across the country. It is important that the sector, and the Opposition, have as much time as possible to get across the findings of the review.”


“I ask that the Minister, Sussan Ley, release it as soon as possible.”




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