Community organisations across Australia can apply for Australian Government funding to establish New Family Mental Health Support Services to provide early intervention and intensive support to vulnerable children and young people at risk of or affected by mental illness, and their families.
The 2011–12 Budget allocated an additional $61 million over five years to 2015–16 for the establishment of 40 New Family Mental Health Support Services to assist around 32,000 children and young people at risk of or affected by mental illness and their families.
This round of funding will establish 20 New Family Mental Health Support Services in locations across the nation. This will add to the 13 New Family Mental Health Support Services established in 2012.
Each service will provide three levels of support to vulnerable children, young people and families:
- intensive, long-term, early intervention support, based on a Family Action Plan, specifically for children and young people, and their families
- short-term information, referral and assistance for families, and
- community outreach, education and community development.
Further Information on how to apply can be found on the Current Funding page of the FaHCSIA website.