PHN Tender for Psychosocial Services

Central Queensland, Wide Bay, Sunshine Coast PHN announces an opportunity for mental health service providers to bid for the National Psychosocial Support (NPS) Measure.

The PHN invites all existing mental health service providers within Central Queensland, Wide Bay and Sunshine Coast to participate in an open tender process. Eligible providers will have an existing funding arrangement with Department of Health, Department of Social Services, Queensland Health or PHN-commissioned mental health service.

What funding is available?

The PHN will be commissioning psychosocial mental health services under three streams:

  • National Psychosocial Support Measure (NPS);
  • Continuity of Supports (CoS); and
  • National Suicide Prevention Trial (SPT) in the areas of North Burnett, Maryborough and Gympie.

What is the National Psychosocial Support Measure?

In the 2017-18 Federal Budget, the Commonwealth Government committed $80 million until 2021 for the National Psychosocial Support (NPS) measure.

The purpose of the NPS measure is to provide psychosocial support services to assist people with severe mental illness, resulting in a reduction in psychosocial functional capacity, who are not eligible for assistance through the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

As part of the budget announcement, State and Territory Governments were asked to match the funding, for the service to proceed. As a result, a Bi-lateral agreement was signed between the Commonwealth and the Queensland Government.

When are services expected to commence?

PHN expects that services will be available from early January 2019

Indicative Tender Timelines

10 September – 12 October 2018

Register for Tenderlink, the PHN’s electronic tendering portal

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What are the Continuity of Support arrangements?

In the 2018-19 Budget the Commonwealth Government announced funding from 1 July 2019 for the Community Mental Health Continuity of Support (CoS) program. Funding for the CoS program totals $109.8m ($91.5m from the 2018 Budget and $18.3m from existing program funding).

Commonwealth mental health clients from the Personal Helpers and Mentors, Partners in Recovery, and Day to Day Living programs, who are found to be ineligible for National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) will continue to receive similar levels of support through psychosocial arrangements. PHNs were identified to commission and coordinate services based on local needs, taking into account what services and supports are already available. Accordingly, the PHN is considering CoS arrangements as part of the NPS.

The National Suicide Prevention Trial

On 6 February 2017 the Commonwealth Governement announced Central Queensland, Wide Bay, Sunshine Coast PHN as a national suicide prevention trial site, specifically in the areas of North Burnett, Maryborough and Gympie.

The main aim of the National Suicide Prevention Trial is to gather evidence in relation to suicide prevention activities in regional areas of Australia, and to further understand what strategies are most effective in preventing suicide at a local level and for at-risk populations.

Services for people who have attempted or are identified as high risk of attempting suicide will be provided in all trial sites. In addition, target groups have been identified and articulated in each Community Action Plan.