There is a crisis unfolding in community mental health services right now. Will you help us save our mental health services by signing this petition?

The Federal Government is in the process of shutting down four of its most important and successful community mental health programs Personal Helpers and Mentors (PHAMS), Day to Day Living (D2DL) Partners in Recovery (PIR) and Mental Health Respite Carer Support (MHR: CS) as the NDIS rolls out. Mental health workers around the country have long faced the prospect of being laid off as the programs are defunded, and services shut their doors.

Last week the Government announced funding to extend the timeframe for people in PHAMS, D2DL and PIR to transition to the NDIS until June 2020 – however, the vast majority of people supported by these Government programs are ineligible to access the NDIS, meaning that thousands of people needing critical mental health support still face being left without any support after June 2020.

There is inadequate funding and support available for new consumers who need mental health support and who are not able to access support through the NDIS – many people will be left with nowhere to go.

ASU members around the country are calling on Federal Liberal Ministers Paul Fletcher and Greg Hunt to act urgently to commit to fund its community mental health programs for at least 3 years rather than a short 12 month Band-Aid. They should use that time to work with mental health providers, consumers and workers to develop long-term arrangements that ensure that consumers who need community mental health support and the workforce have certainty.

Sign the petition and share. We need every signature to call on the Government to fix this crisis. It cannot wait.

Want to get the best outcomes possible?

  • Circulate this notice, put it on the notice board and in the lunch room
  • Pass this on to a non-member and ask them to join the ASU via https://www.asu.asn.au/asujoin

Why join?
Your work is the foundation of your life: doesn’t it make sense to protect it? The ASU protects your rights at work, provides expert advice and support and delivers members only savings and discounts. We are not-for-profit, member-owned and run. We exist only for the benefit of our members.

For further information please contact:
ASU Organiser Joanne McEvoy | 0437 035 721 | jmcevoy@asuvictas.com.au

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