We all want the live a contributing life. Today, I was pleased to attend the launch of a program for people living with a severe mental illness; a program overseen by ACT Medicare Local aimed at ensuring more than 400 Canberrans can be assisted with their complex needs to live a meaningful and less-isolated life.
Minister for Mental Health and Ageing Jacinta Collins
Senator for ACT Kate Lundy, Member for Fraser Andrew Leigh
SEVERE MENTAL ILLNESS SUPPORT SERVICE LAUNCHED IN ACT
The Minister for Mental Health and Ageing, Senator Jacinta Collins joined Senator for the ACT, Kate Lundy and Federal Member for Fraser, Andrew Leigh to launch the Partners in Recovery program in Dickson today.
Partners in Recovery, a key plank of the Rudd Labor Government’s $2.2 billion mental health reform package, provides coordinated support and flexible funding for people with severe and ongoing mental illness with complex support needs.
“People living with psychosis are 10 times more likely to be homeless, 50 per cent less likely to have completed school and have a life expectancy that lags the national average by up to 30 years,” Senator Collins said.
“The last thing people with severe mental illness, their families and carers need is to battle with multiple service systems,” Senator Collins said.
The Partners in Recovery Program in Canberra is led by the ACT Medicare Local, and will bring together support services like income support, housing, employment and medical care to facilitate ‘wrap around care’ for people with severe and long term mental illness, and complex needs.