Funding extension provides certainty to BOICO
Federal Member for O’Connor Rick Wilson has welcomed the Abbott Government’s announcement to extend funding for two programmes that provides support for people with a mental illness and their carers.
Organisations that currently receive funding to provide services under the Mental Health Respite: Carer Support programme will have their contracts extended to 30 June 2016.
Providers who deliver services under the Personal Helpers and Mentors programme will also have their funding extended.
Mr Wilson said the extra year of funding will allow organisations such as Bay of Isles Community Outreach (BOICO) to plan for the 2015-16 financial year, as prior to this announcement they were left uncertain of their future.
“I met with BOICO Service Manager Kylie Ryan when I was in Esperance last and she expressed her concerns to me about the uncertainty BOICO was facing, as their funding contract expired on 30 June 2015, and there had been no announcement regarding the next round of funding,” Mr Wilson said.
“I made representations to the Minister for Social Services on BOICO’s behalf so to hear this announcement today, is fantastic.
“Kylie and her team at BOICO do amazing work for the people in Esperance, and surrounds, and now they will be able to plan for the next financial year.”
A spokesperson for BOICO said they are very pleased with the funding extension until 30 June 2016.
“This allows BOICO to continue to deliver Mental Health Respite: Carer support to the Esperance community as well as to the outreach areas that we also deliver our service to. It’s also very helpful in being able to forward plan into the future.”
Assistant Minister for Social Services Senator the Hon Mitch Fifield said the funding extension will ensure supports are maintained as the transition to the National Disability Insurance Scheme continues across the country.
The Mental Health Respite: Carer Support programme helps carers of people with mental illness to improve their wellbeing and enable them to maintain their important caring role.
Minister Fifield said there will be no immediate changes for Mental Health Respite: Carer Support providers. Changes can be expected over time as the transition to NDIS continues, to ensure there are effective supports for families and carers in their caring roles.
“This one-year funding extension will help ensure a smooth transition to the NDIS for these services,” Minister Fifield said.