The investments we choose to make in mental health speak volumes about our priorities in how we support people with a mental health condition, their families and carers. Funding, and how it is used, has an enormous influence in determining what services people get and how they experience them.
The Mental Health Commission of NSW does not fund services, but in line with Living Well: A Strategic Plan for Mental Health in NSW 2014-2024 it seeks to influence a long-term transition towards an integrated mental health system that is primarily community-based, and is centred on the person and their recovery. Through its establishment legislation, the Commission is empowered to review and report on any system issue that affects people who experience mental illness.
With this in mind, the Commission initiated this review of the transparency and accountability of mental health funding within NSW Health, in order to better understand how the funding that is notionally allocated to mental health is actually invested in services that support consumers.
See also the Commission's submission to the Public Accounts Committee on this topic.