Mental health fund now open

Applications for the funding close in July.

The State Government has opened applications for a share in $20 million in funding to upgrade mental health, alcohol and drug service infrastructure.

Bass MP Jordan Crugnale welcomed the announcement that applications for the Mental Health and Alcohol and Other Drugs Facility Renewal Fund have now opened, ensuring mental health services across the state can continue to provide a safe and therapeutic environment for Victorians on their recovery journey.

Established in 2016, the fund provides grants for construction, remodelling and refurbishment projects for public mental health and alcohol and other drug care facilities.

This year’s funding round will also offer equipment upgrades, including medical equipment, specialised furniture, and information technology.

The program has already funded more than 100 infrastructure and improvement projects at mental health and alcohol, and other drug care facilities across the state, including a $477,000 sensory space upgrade at Monash Health’s Adult Mental Health Unit in Clayton.

“Our mental health and alcohol and drug services and our community members accessing the supports deserve to have quality modern and welcoming facilities. I am so pleased we have announced this $20 million grant fund,” Ms Crugnale said.

For grant program guidelines or to apply, visit Applications close at 5pm on Monday 19 July.