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New mental health and police response kicks off at Monash Health for Sandringham residents

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September 24, 2014

Monash Health is one of twelve mental health services across the state to have been selected as part of the first tranche of the Victorian Coalition Government’s new Mental Health and Police Response (MHaP Response), Member for Sandringham Murray Thompson and Minister for Mental Health Mary Wooldridge announced at Monash Health today.

The MHaP Response draws on the original trial called PACER, initiated by Monash Health and Victoria Police. This trial brought together mental health practitioners and police to respond to a mental health crisis.

Mr Thompson said the Middle South Area Mental Health Service which includes Bayside, Monash, Glen Eira and Kingston would benefit from the $1.8 million investment in Monash Health.
The service will deliver a more targeted and timely response to a person needing urgent mental health support, while also reducing pressure on police, ambulances and emergency personnel.
“This funding means that mental health professionals in our community will work with local police and ambulance personnel to tailor the crisis response to the local realities on the ground,” Mr Thompson said.
Ms Wooldridge said the Victorian Coalition Government is delivering on a 2014-15 Victorian State Budget commitment, providing $15.1 million over four years to introduce the MHaP Response in each of Victoria’s 21 Mental Health Service areas.
The first tranche announced today will provide $10.9 million over the next four years to roll-out the model in 12 mental health services.

A further six services will be funded in 2015-16, with three services to be funded in 2016-17, delivering statewide coverage of the new Mental Health and Police Response.

“These initiatives will ensure that people with a mental illness will receive the most appropriate and the least-restrictive care in a timely manner, minimising harm to the person and their family by being effectively supported in their community,” Ms Wooldridge said.
“This is another example of the Napthine Government building a safer Victoria through its investments in the health system.”