Psychosocial support for people with severe mental illness

Links on this page provide information about how to access psychosocial support under a range of Australian Government programs to assist people with mental illness.

Page last updated: 03 October 2019

Psychosocial support includes supports and services which aim to help people with severe mental illness who are not funded through the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) to increase their ability to do everyday activities through a range of non-clinical community based support.
There are three funding streams for people with severe mental illness seeking to access psychosocial non-clinical services, these are:

  • National Psychosocial Support Transition (NPS-T)
  • National Psychosocial Support Measure (NPS-M)
  • Continuity of Support (CoS)
Primary Health Networks (PHNs) will support Commonwealth community mental health clients to transition to the NDIS, NPS-M, NPS-T or CoS and will commission services to deliver support to clients under the three funding streams. Contact information for the PHNs can be found at PHN Contacts.

National Psychosocial Support Transition

On 21 March 2019, the Australian Government announced purpose specific funding for the NPS-T of $121.29 million over 12 months from 1 July 2019 to 30 June 2020 to support the transition of Commonwealth community mental health clients to the NDIS or CoS.

The NPS-T is a 12 month program that provides funding for clients who previously accessed supports under the Partners in Recovery (PIR), Support for Day to Day Living (D2DL) or Personal Helpers and Mentors (PHaMs) programs to test eligibility for the NDIS.

The NPS-T was rolled out from 1 July 2019.

The National Psychosocial Support Measure

In the 2017-18 Budget the Government committed $80 million over four years for the NPS-M. The purpose of the NPS-M is to provide psychosocial support services to assist people with severe mental illness who are not more appropriately supported through the NDIS and/or who are yet to test their eligibility for the NDIS.

The NPS-M was rolled out from 1 January 2019 through PHNs. The States and Territories have matched funding for this measure and the Commonwealth has bilateral agreements in place with each jurisdiction regarding their continuing or enhanced investment in psychosocial services.

For more information go to The National Psychosocial Support Measure.

Continuity of Support

In the 2018-19 Federal Budget the Government also announced $109.8 million for CoS. This measure will provide clients who were previously supported under PIR, D2DL or PHaMs who are found ineligible for supports under the NDIS, with similar supports to those they received from their previous programs. This measure will provide ongoing funding, ensuring CoS clients have access to long-term, responsive support as needed.

CoS was rolled out from 1 July 2019.

NDIS Transition Support Project

The Department of Health has funded Flinders University to support PHNs through the NDIS Transition Support Project.
For further information on the Flinders University Transition Support Project.

Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet for Clients and Carers (PDF 204 KB)
Fact Sheet for Clients and Carers (Word 107 KB)