Building capacity for alcohol and drug and mental health services

The (Australian) Department of Health provided funding to Victorian alcohol and other drug (AOD) agencies through its flexible funds, the Substance Misuse Services Delivery Grants Fund (SMSDGF) and the Non-government Organisation Treatment Grants Program (NGOTGP). Through the SMSDGF, AOD agencies were able to build organisational capacity to better identify and treat people who experience co-occurring (or comorbid) substance misuse and associated health issues such as mental illness. The NGOTGP provided AOD treatment agencies with funds for direct service delivery.

From mid-2017, the SMSDGF and NGOTGP were replaced by The Drug and Alcohol Program. This program includes funding for the state peak bodies (including VAADA), drug and alcohol treatment services, prevention services and AOD policy initiatives.

Find out more about the program here

Commonwealth funding to drug and alcohol treatment services is also provided through Primary Health Networks (PHNs) under the Annexure 2 of the Primary Health Network Grant Program Guidelines

In relation to capacity building, VAADA continues to support funded treatment services in Victoria to build linkages and strategic partnerships, promote workforce development initiatives, develop resources, and undertake organisational change to better meet the needs of clients presenting with complex needs.

Alcohol and drug bodies in all states and territories of Australia have been funded for two years (2017-2019) to undertake this work.

For more information contact:

Jane Moreton, Project Coordinator
Phone: (03) 9412 5608