Victorian Budget 21/22

Help for children and young people

We know the earlier we can reach someone struggling with their mental health, the better their life outcomes. That’s particularly true when it comes to our kids.

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We also know that approximately 75% of diagnosable mental illness first emerges before the age of 25, making these early years so critical in ensuring lifelong mental health and wellbeing.

Mental health and wellbeing support for children and young people

It’s why we’re investing $842 million in mental health and wellbeing support for children and young people, ensuring we’re providing support to them, and their families, as early as possible.

This investment will see two separate streams of care created – one devoted to infants and children (ages 0 to 11) and one devoted to young people (ages 12 to 25).

Reformed Infant, Child and Family Mental Health and Wellbeing Services

An investment of $138 million will deliver 13 reformed Infant, Child and Family Mental Health and Wellbeing Services providing local support that is specifically designed around the needs of children and young people.

Youth Area Mental Health and Wellbeing Services

We’re also investing $266 million to reform and expand 13 Youth Area Mental Health and Wellbeing Services across Victoria and to support organisations providing mental health care to young people. This will deliver more hours of care for young people, including extended and after-hours support.

Community-based hubs

A further $41 million will establish three new multi-disciplinary community-based hubs, which will take a one-stop approach to children’s health, including emotional, developmental and physical health, integrated with a range of other services and paediatricians.

These hubs will serve as a recognisable and accessible front door for care, providing the tailored support children and their families need, when they need it.

Youth Prevention and Recovery Care (YPARC) units

This Budget also invests $141 million to deliver five new Youth Prevention and Recovery Care (YPARC) units, totalling 50 beds specifically for young people. Delivering sub‑acute care, services will be located in Melbourne’s North Eastern Metropolitan region as well as the Barwon South‑West, Gippsland, Grampians and Hume regions.

This investment will include upgrading three existing YPARC units in the South Eastern Metropolitan (Frankston and Dandenong) and Loddon Mallee (Bendigo) regions.

New HOPE sites

Funding of $16 million will also see the establishment of four new Hospital Outreach Post-suicidal Engagement (HOPE) sites, specifically designed and delivered for young people. These will be located at the Royal Children’s Hospital, Alfred Health, the Monash Children’s Hospital and Orygen.

These HOPE sites, which have already achieved success as a service for adults, will provide individualised, intensive and one-on-one support for younger Victorians as they recover.

School Mental Health Fund

Funding of $218 million will support a new School Mental Health Fund, enabling schools to deliver tailored mental health and wellbeing support to their students, in addition to the expansion of the Mental Health in Primary Schools pilot.

Mobile Targeted Assertive Outreach teams

A further $16 million will see our existing Mobile Targeted Assertive Outreach teams, which provide support to young people with multiple and complex needs, expanded.

LGBTIQ+ peer-led support

Funding will also be provided to Switchboard to deliver LGBTIQ+ peer-led support, and the Healthy Equal Youth project increasing support for young LGBTIQ+ Victorians.

Youth-centred research at Orygen

This Budget also supports youth-centred research at Orygen, as well as delivery of online programs and workforce development, ensuring that we continue to provide our kids the very best of care.

Media releases

More mental health support for children and young people

Better Outcomes For Victims And Young People

Transforming the system for our most vulnerable kids

Reviewed 20 May 2021


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