Focus on community mental health services in ACT Budget


The ACT Government is supporting the community access help earlier and more easily in their mental health journey, so they can get support when and where they need it.

The initiatives funded under the ACT 2024-25 Budget aims to support Canberrans remain healthy in the community and reduce demand on our hospital system.

There is more than $15 million over the next four years for:

  • Continued funding of the second Police, Ambulance, and Clinician Early Response (PACER) team to provide acute mental health assessment and care services in the community.
  • The co-design of a new Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth mental health service
  • Continued funding for community child and youth mental health support programs including:
         - MindMap Online Navigation Portal
         - WOKE
         - Stepping Stones
         - Youth Mental Health Promotion program
  • Staged implementation of approximately 10 accommodation support packages as part of the introduction of the Housing and Accommodation Support Initiative
  • Deliver a more holistic approach in the Step-Up-Step Down at home program to better address the factors in someone’s life which cause distress
  • Additional funding for the Detention Exit Community Outreach program to provide transitional mental health and life skills support for people with a mental illness returning to the community

Quotes attributable to Minister for Mental Health, Emma Davidson:

“The funding in this year’s budget ensures the continuation of services that are supporting Canberrans facing mental health challenges to get the help they need in the community.

“When people have early access to mental health support, they are more likely to stay healthy, engaged and connected in their community. The ACT Government is committed to providing accessible mental health and wellbeing support when and where you need it.

“Importantly this year’s budget invests in youth mental health services to support young Canberrans have greater access to support and can grow healthy and happy. Its critical we fund community services like WOKE, Stepping Stones, MindMap and the Youth Mental Health program to keep young people healthy.

“The ACT Government is also committed to supporting culturally responsive mental health services for First Nations people through the co-design of a new Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth mental health service.”