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Fact Sheet - Budget 2017 Social Investment Package

Supporting innovative solutions to addressing mental health

Testing different approaches to how we engage with those people who have mild-moderate and severe mental health needs to help build a better picture of client needs and service gaps.

Initiative What will be delivered and for who? What are the long-term benefits?
Individual Placement Support for Mental Health Clients ($4.1 million) This initiative will provide 1,000 places over four years across two regions to support clients with mental health conditions to improve their mental health and find and maintain employment. An employment specialist will support clients within a health setting. The initiative targets Work and Income clients with mild, moderate and severe mental health conditions. The initiative seeks to trial integrated employment and mental health support services to break down barriers to work. Overseas evidence and small scale trials suggests the approach can be effective at moving people off benefit and into sustainable employment. People with mental health conditions who are on benefit are at risk of long-term benefit dependence and have a high projected average liability.
Transforming at-risk prisoners ($11.6 million) This funding will enable the Department of Corrections to make improvements to the way prisoners at risk of self-harm and suicide are managed in the prison environment. The key long-term benefits of this proposal are reduced risks of self-harm and ultimately re-offending due to an improved mental well-being of the prison population.
Mental Health Social Investment Fund ($100 million) This contingency will be used to trial early mental health interventions that are proven to significantly benefit peoples' lives.

Helping kids to have a better start in life

Supporting children who are most at-risk of poor lifetime outcomes by providing them services at an earlier age.

Initiative What will be delivered and for who? What are the long-term benefits?
Expansion of Family Start ($28.1 million) This initiative will expand the existing Family Start programme to provide an additional 570 places. The intensive home-visitation programme targets children (pre-natal to 12 months) being raised in environments detrimental to healthy child development. The evaluation of the programme found that Family Start reduced post-neonatal mortality, increased rates of immunisation and increased participation in ECE. There is strong evidence that participation in ECE contributes to better life-course outcomes.
Reducing Barriers to Oral  Language ($6.0 million) This initiative delivers a new internationally evidenced oral language programme targeted at 3 and 4 year olds in Early Childhood Education. The initiative will be delivered through Speech Language Therapists who will work with ECE centres in low socio-economic communities to deliver the programme. Oral language is a key skill to support children's broader development and is linked to other important outcomes such as self-regulation and self- control. This initiative will improve education outcomes for children who would have otherwise started school with an oral language delay.
Expanding Behaviour Services ($34.7 million) This initiative will extend specialist behaviour support to an additional 1,000 children aged 0-8 years per year. Specialist education staff such as education psychologists are best placed to help children who are exhibiting significant behaviour issues. Analysis of the existing programme suggests that the service is expected to have a strong and positive impact on outcomes of presence, participation, learning and achievement within the schooling environment.
Extension of Incredible Years to Children with Autism ($4.2 million) This initiative will allow for the Incredible Years programme to be delivered to parents and teachers of children aged 2-5 years on the Autism spectrum. The programme seeks to improve social communication and emotional regulation for the target group through trained practitioners. The goal of the Incredible Years programme is for these children to have sustained improvement in their social communication, reduction in repetitive behaviour and increased emotional regulation. Analysis suggests that children experience improvement in pro-social skills and behaviour, and parents had a decrease in anxiety.

Addressing barriers to employment and independence

Providing more intensified support and improving access to services

Initiative What will be delivered and for who? What are the long-term benefits?
Intensive Client Support ($19.5 million) This initiative will expand the current intensive client support service from 240 to 1,500 clients and from five to around 20 sites across the country. The service is targeted towards intergenerational welfare recipients (clients who first entered benefit prior to the age of 20 and are no waged 25-39). The expansion of this initiative will provide entrenched recipients with specialised case managers with a view to moving into employment. Long term benefits include employment, reduced welfare spend, increased educational attainment, improved health and social cohesion.
Housing First ($16.5 million) This initiative will provide social housing places to those who are chronically homeless, together with support services. The funding will allow the purchase of approximately 500 new places and support services. Reducing homelessness is likely to mean that a range of benefits are experienced by people such as improved mental and physical health, pro-social connections across their communities, a greater sense of autonomy, and better engagement in education, training or employment.
Increasing Contraceptive Access for Women on Low Income ($17.5 million) The intervention will help to address barriers to contraception for low income women (aged 15-44 years). The funding will provide free contraceptive consultations for women living in high deprivation supported by national guidelines and training for primary care professionals. This initiative will help reduce the health, economic and social costs associated with unplanned pregnancy for these women. It will also reduce costs associated directly with unplanned pregnancy incurred through pre-term births, fetal alcohol syndrome, terminations of pregnancy and miscarriages.

Reducing reoffending and improving long-term outcomes

Supporting those at-risk (outside and within the prison environment) and helping them onto alternative pathways.

Initiative What will be delivered and for who? What are the long-term benefits?
Reducing Youth reoffending ($13.9 million) This initiative will provide high quality specialised services to high risk offenders between the ages of 14-16. These services include Functional Family Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Professional Youth Mentoring. Longer-term benefits include helping young people alter harmful behaviour, increase self-control and ultimately reduce their likelihood of offending. There are also projected long-term savings to government and society from the avoided costs of crime.
Burglary Prevention ($32.9 million) This initiative will provide high quality services to prevent re-offending and support the re-integration of those under the age of 25 with a history of burglary and property offending. The funding will also provide services to victims of burglary to decrease the chances of re-victimisation. The key long-term benefits of these proposals are the expected reduction in future offending and the subsequent reduction in harm and cost to individuals, government and society.
Industry, Training and Support ($18.6 million) This initiative aims to increase the coverage of Corrections most effective rehabilitative programmes. The initiative targets cohorts across the prison population including females, Maori and Pasifika cohorts that most benefit from these programmes. The key long-term benefits of these programmes are a reduction in future offending and subsequent reduction in harm and cost to individuals, government and society.
Positive Housing Pathways ($13.1 million) This initiative will provide social housing and support services to ex- prisoners who are completing a reintegration programme. The funding will allow for the purchase of an additional 250 social housing places for this cohort. Through provision of stable housing and well-targeted support services, it is expected that there will be reduced re- offending by those supported through this initiative and that they will experience improved mental and physical health and increased participation in education, training or employment as a result of the stability and support that this initiative provides.
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