COMMUNITY-managed mental health programs across Queensland will benefit from $71.5 million in State funding announced today.
From 66 proposals, a tender review panel selected 24 organisations across the state to deliver projects worth $23.8 million a year.
The largest single contract was $4.027, awarded to the Richmond Fellowship of Queensland, for a range of projects across the Darling Downs, West Moreton and the metropolitan areas.
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“Community-managed mental health programs support more than 14,500 people in Queensland each year, Health Minister Lawrence Springborg said.
“Today’s announcement provides full funding for non-government organisations for three years from 1 July 2014.
“These organisations, including diverse groups such as the Schizophrenia Fellowship of Queensland Inc, Open Minds Australia, Footprints in Brisbane and Anglicare, provide expertise to complement State and Commonwealth mental health programs.”
Mr Springborg said five evaluation panel members represented the non-government sector, mental health consumers and carers, researchers and clinicians, related government departments and policy experts.
“The panel considered value for money, service outcomes and coverage as outlined in the Government’s Blueprint for better healthcare in Queensland,” he said.
“It all adds up to better transparency, performance and reporting.