25 January 2019

NSW Mental Health Commissioner Catherine Lourey welcomed the announcement that the Community Living Supports (CLS) program will receive three more years of funding.

“I am so pleased that this important investment in community-based person-centred support which commenced in 2016 will continue. The CLS program is an excellent example of how individuals and services can partner together to help the people of NSW to live well in their own communities and on their own terms,” Ms Lourey said.

The program was established as part of the NSW Government’s response to Living Well: A Strategic Plan for Mental Health in NSW 2014-2024 and contributes to mental health reform through increasing investment in community based psychosocial supports.

The program is designed to help people with lived experience of mental health issues to work with local support workers, clinicians, carers, friends and family members to develop a personalised support plan to assist their day-to-day activities. This includes things such as accessing education, getting a job, remembering medical appointments, shopping, managing finances and getting involved in sport and social activities.

The CLS program is delivered by Flourish, Neami, Wellways, Parramatta Mission, Mission Australia, New Horizons and Open Minds. Read more about the program here.

“I look forward to the continuing expansion of investment in community-based mental health services and supports, and to learning from the evaluation of CLS about the factors that drive positive change for the people of NSW,” Ms Lourey added.

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Last updated: 30 January 2019