06 September 2011
NSW Government delivers record investment in mental health
The NSW Liberals & Nationals Government 2011-12 Budget has delivered the largest increase in funding for mental health in the State’s history, Minister for Mental Health Kevin Humphries announced today.
Mr Humphries said the NSW Government will spend $1.34 billion on mental health services in 2011-12, an increase of $109 million - or 8.8 per cent - on last year.
“In our first Budget, the NSW Government has delivered more money to mental health than has ever been allocated in the State’s history,” Mr Humphries said.
“Our record investment highlights the NSW Government’s commitment to improving the lives of those who have been touched by mental illness.
“As a result of the funding allocated in this Budget, the NSW Government will greatly improve and expand services and outcomes for consumers, their families and carers across NSW.”
Major recurrent funded initiatives for mental health services in 2011-12 include:
The NSW Government has also committed extra funding of $10 million over 4 years for drug and alcohol rehabilitation services and programs to help an extra 5000 people in NSW end their addiction.
Other key investments in reducing drug and alcohol addiction in 2011-12 include:
The NSW Government is also investing $85.7 million in mental health capital works infrastructure. New mental health capital works projects in 2011-12 include:
“I am very pleased to announce the NSW Government has met its key election commitment to provide greater investment in mental health services and drug and alcohol rehabilitation programs,” Mr Humphries said.
“In addition to this, there has also been significant progress on the NSW Government’s commitment to establish a Mental Health Commission, which is the biggest and most important reform in the field of mental health in the State’s history. When established, the Commission will drive a more accountable and efficient mental health system in NSW.
“The NSW Government is committed to implementing world-best practice standards for mental health delivery and outcomes in NSW. Through this funding increase and our commitment to establishing the Commission we are well on our way to achieving this,” Mr Humphries said.