Tasmanians living with mental illness are being supported through the Housing and Accommodation Support Initiative (HASI) pilot program, providing clinical and psychosocial rehabilitation supports linked with stable housing and supported accommodation.
HASI is based on a successful program in New South Wales, which found that when housing was linked to appropriate clinical and rehabilitation support, people were better able to overcome the often debilitating effects of mental illness and live more independent lives.
Currently 16 people are being supported through the pilot, which is targeted at people living in southern Tasmania in public or community tenancies who are experiencing mental ill-health and require integrated services to help them transition to independent living.
The two-year trial is a partnership between the Department of Health, Department of Communities Tasmania, and Colony47, with all services working together to provide specialist clinical mental health care, public housing and psychosocial support.
The Tasmanian Government is investing $1 million into HASI over two years as part of our commitment to increasing access to mental health services and enabling better recovery outcomes for Tasmanians, their families and friends.