Mentally ill Victorians could be cut off from vital services

Up to 10,000 mentally ill Victorians could be cut off from vital health services because they do not meet tough eligibility guidelines for the national disability insurance scheme, an alliance has warned.

A group of 20 mental health organisations are urging the state government and opposition to commit $80 million over the next four years to continue the state’s community-based mental health services.

The group, who will unveil their state election platform at a forum on Wednesday, have raised concerns about most of Victoria’s community-based mental health services being rolled into the NDIS.

They estimate that up to 10,000 Victorians who use government-funded community mental health services will not be able to access the NDIS because they cannot demonstrate they have a “significant and enduring psychosocial disability”.