Mental Health Australia provided a submission on the draft ILC Framework, which is available on the Mental Health Australia website (click here). Unfortunately, none of our recommendations appear to have been explicitly addressed in the final Framework. However, Mental Health Australia welcomes the Framework’s recognition of the important place for activities funded beyond individually funded packages (particularly to address illnesses that are episodic in nature) and the inclusion of more detail around decision making supports and supports for self-advocacy. It should be noted that the Framework by itself is only part of the story on ILC: perhaps more critical are decisions yet to be taken by governments on the resources available for the NDIA to ‘bulk-purchase’ activities through ILC.
Governments are also yet to announce the future role of a range of mental health programs notionally in scope for the NDIS that may contribute resources to ILC, to individually funded packages, or a mix of both. Mental Health Australia and our members anxiously await further information on these questions, which we hope will be answered through impending bilateral agreements and/or the implementation plans for each jurisdiction which will follow the bilateral agreements. These critical milestones should help us understand more about the future of the community mental health sector – either within or beyond.