The federal government has announced funding for two new mental health projects in Western Australia as part of the National Partnership Agreement on Mental Health.
The Mental Health Assertive Community Intervention Initiative will see $13.5 million put towards a new 24/7 acute response team and family support service in metropolitan Perth, while a further $12.6 million will be used to establish 30 individualised support packages to assist those with a severe mental illness to gain permanent housing.
According to federal minister for mental health Mark Butler, the partnership help to address service gaps across the state.
"Unlike any chronic disease, mental illness affects people of all ages, with 25 per cent of people with a mental disorder experiencing their first episode before the age of 12," he said (June 14).
"While some states have made significant improvements to their mental health care system, the range and type of services that are available across the country continues to vary."
While a Medicare rebate of up to $120 is available if a Mental Health Treatment Plan is obtained from a GP, some private health insurance policies may also provide access to services such as psychology resources.
The National Partnership Agreement on Mental Health comes as part of the federal government's $2.2 billion mental health package announced in the 2012-13 budget.