The federal government's $549.8 million Partners in Recovery mental health program has had its funding guidelines released by minister for mental health Mark Butler.
"Partners in Recovery is designed to pull together services like income support, housing, employment, medical care and education which can often lack coordination," said Mr Butler.
The guidelines were announced at the 13th Australia and New Zealand Mental Health Conference held yesterday (August 7), revealing how funding will be used, who is eligible to apply, how applications are to be assessed and most importantly how the new program will operate.
The program aims to provide people with severe and ongoing mental illness with support and "flexible funding" says Mr Butler.
"The last thing people with severe mental illness, their families and carers need is to battle with multiple service systems."
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The Partners in Recovery program aims to assist in providing better coordination of both clinical and non-clinical services to "deliver wrap around support" to meet a range of an individual's needs, among other initiatives.