Page 1418 - Week 04 - Thursday, 5 May 2022

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2019/2020 - $396,000 provided to MHCCACT as service funding; $50,000 provided to fund the external evaluation conducted by la Trobe University; and $47,000 provided to Canberra Health Services for costs associated with participation in the Recovery College.

2020/2021 $189,000 provided to MHCCACT as service funding for the period 1 January 2021 until 30 June 2021.

No other funding has been provided by ACT Government.

(3) The evaluation report was provided to the Minister’s Office on 25 June 2021. It was also made publicly available via

(4) The evaluation process which began in December 2019 and subsequent report finalised in May 2021 with a cost of $50,000.

(5) The ACT Government has not made a formal response to the report. The report has been provided to MHCCACT.

(6) The evaluation report will inform decisions about any future funding of a recovery college or similar model. This will be explored in the two-year process for commissioning of mental health services in the community which will commence in the near future. The sub sector design work to be done in collaboration with community partners will consider the programs and services needed to address a range of needs.

(7) This is yet to be determined, following analysis of the Evaluation Report and contract reporting. As noted in (6), the role of a Recovery College will also be explored in subsector design work.

(8) The majority of therapeutic or recovery focused services or programs have an educational element to them, including offering group programs for development of specific knowledge or skills. These tend to be focused on understanding specific conditions and learning strategies that promote self management or recovery. Some notable examples include Mental Illness Education ACT (MIEACT) programs for schools and community groups which aim to develop understanding and awareness of mental health and mental illness and the My Rights, My Responsibility program run through the ACT Mental Health Consumer Network (occasionally delivered though the College).

There are also range of more traditional education providers in the ACT such as CIT, community colleges including the University of the Third Age who offer some courses with similar content.

Within the Adult Mental Health Day Service (AMHDS) most of the group programs offered have a therapeutic function with skills training, development and support and include an educational component.

The group that primarily has an educational focus is the “Family Connections” program which is for people who identify as being in a relationship with someone who has borderline personality disorder (BPD), although it does have some skills

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