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Mental Health and Alcohol and Other Drugs Facilities Renewal Fund
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Mental Health and Alcohol and Other Drugs Facilities Renewal Fund

The Mental Health and Alcohol and Other Drug Facilities Renewal Fund (MHAODFRF) provides vital government funding to Victorian public mental health and alcohol and other drug services. This is part of the Victorian Government’s commitment to improve quality and safety of care for both mental health and alcohol and other drug service facilities.

Established in 2016, the fund provides grants for refurbishments, repairs and upgrades to aged facilities to meet contemporary environmental and functional standards, be fit for purpose and reflect quality and safety standards. In 2019, the fund distributed grants to 14 health services and 25 alcohol and other drug services.

What’s new 

Funding for 2020 will be determined by the 2020-21 Victorian State Budget in October 2020.

The Mental Health and Alcohol and Other Drug Facilities Renewal Fund (MHAODFRF) provides government funding to assist Victorian public Mental Health Clinical Services, Alcohol and Other Drugs services and Mental Health Community Support Services – Youth Residential Rehabilitation to:

  • improve consumer, carer and staff safety through capital investments that balance safety with the need to provide services in a therapeutic and least restrictive environment into existing facilities
  • improve amenity to enhance recovery, rehabilitation and therapeutic opportunities
  • minimise the use of restrictive practices or clinically inappropriate environments
  • improve treatment service quality and efficiency of outcomes.

Applications should demonstrate:

  • how the proposed changes will improve mental health and alcohol and other drug services for people in Victoria
  • alignment with and supporting government legislation, commitments, policies, recommendations and findings will also be viewed favourably, including (but not limited to):
    • Victoria’s 10-Year Mental Health Plan
    • The Mental Health Act 2014 (Vic)
    • The Framework for Recovery-oriented Practice
    • Promoting Sexual Safety, Responding to Sexual Activity, and Managing Allegations of Sexual Assault in Adult Acute Inpatient Units
    • Victoria’s Ice Action Plan
    • Victorian Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities Act 2006 (Vic)
    • Community Visitors Annual Report 2016-17
    • Health 2040. A discussion paper on the future of healthcare in Victoria
    • Victorian Suicide Prevention Framework 2016-25
    • Analysis and evidence for the request e.g. building reports, incident data trends, master and service plans supporting the issue.

Assessment criteria

The fund is open to eligible Victorian public mental health and alcohol and other drug services for projects that deliver one or more of the following:

  • improve safety of consumers, carers and staff
  • promote least restrictive practices
  • support the advancement of recovery, or rehabilitation and therapeutic opportunities
  • assist improving consumer choice and freedoms
  • increase quality and efficiency in treatment service outcomes and capacity.

More information

Refer to the 2018-19 Mental Health and Alcohol and Other Drugs Facilities Renewal Fund Guidelines for more information.

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Last updated: 10 March 2020