The Federal Government has extended a $121 million lifeline to participants of mental health programs slated for closure this year. The Personal Helpers and Mentors, Partners in Recovery and Day to Day Living programs were due to end in July. Participants in these programs who have yet to transition to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) have been experiencing uncertainty about what their future supports will be.
This announcement provides certainty for participants who will now receive supports for up to an additional 12 months until they transition to the NDIS. The move has been welcomed by Wellways CEO Liz Crowther, who said that people needed reassurance that services would continue to be funded to provide support while transition to the NDIS continues.
“The transition to NDIS still has some way to go and this means continuing support for people still to make the move across,” Ms Crowther said.
Federal Minister for Families and Social Services, Paul Fletcher, said the Government has committed these funds to ensure people currently accessing support will continue to do so during this period of change.
“Some Commonwealth programs include vulnerable people such as those with mental health conditions who require more intensive support to transition to the NDIS,” said Mr Fletcher.