The Victorian Government is setting up around 60 Local Adult and Older Adult Mental Health and Wellbeing Services (known as Local Services) across Victoria. The Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System recommended the creation of a future mental health and wellbeing system that’s based in the community. Local Services are an important part of this reform.
What are Local Services?
Local Services will be an easy way to get treatment and support for people aged 26 years and over experiencing mental illness or psychological distress, including those with alcohol and drug issues. Local Services will mean Victorians will get the support they need sooner, while staying in their community, close to their families, carers and supporters.
By the end of next year, the first six Local Services will open in Benalla, Brimbank, Frankston, Greater Geelong, Latrobe Valley and Whittlesea. By the end of 2026, the plan is to set up services for all Victorians.
Have your say
The Royal Commission’s final report outlined what the Local Services will do. However, there are still opportunities to have a say on what you want to experience when using Local Services. The Victorian Government is consulting with people with lived experience of mental illness as well as their families, carers and supporters. It also wants to hear from those working in mental health, alcohol and other drug services, as well as the broader community.
There are a number of ways to have your say:
- Complete the online survey for individuals or organisations. The survey is open to everyone and closes at 11.59 pm on Monday 20 September.
- Participate in a focus group discussion for people with lived experience of mental illness, family members, carers and supporters. Discussions will be held from 14 to 23 September. Learn more and register.
- Participate in a one-on-one discussion for people with lived experience of mental illness, family members, carers and supporters who would like to contribute, but don’t want to join a focus group discussion with others. Learn more and register before September 20.
COTA Victoria will also be hosting conversations and information sessions about the reforms over the coming months. Keep your eye on our events page and future newsletters for more information.