PHN tender for psychosocial services
The PHN invites existing mental health service providers within Central Queensland, Wide Bay and Sunshine Coast to participate in an open tender process for the National Psychosocial Support Measure.
Eligible providers will have an existing funding arrangement with th Department of Health, Department of Social Services, Queensland Health or PHN-commissioned mental health service.
What funding is available?
The PHN will commission psychosocial mental health services under three streams:
- National Psychosocial Support Measure (NPS)
- Continuity of Supports (CoS)
- National Suicide Prevention Trial (SPT) in the North Burnett, Maryborough and Gympie areas.
About 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 start?
The PHN expects that services will be available from early January 2019.
10 September – 12 October 2018
Industry briefing video
Continuity of Support
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 the 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 Continuiyt of Support arrangements as part of the National Psychosocial Support measure.
National Suicide Prevention Trial
On 6 February 2017 the Australian Government announced Central Queensland, Wide Bay, Sunshine Coast PHN as a national suicide prevention trial site, specifically in the North Burnett, Maryborough and Gympie areas.
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.