Mental health cash flow for Victorians

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Victorians in need of mental health support would be prevented from getting lost in the system as they move across the federal disability scheme with a $70 million state government spend.

Mental Health Minister Martin Foley will announce on Friday the state government will tip in $70 million over two years to help community mental health providers give psychosocial support to those with a severe mental illness who are not eligible for NDIS or have not yet moved over to the scheme.

While 4400 participants with psychosocial disability have approved National Disability Insurance Scheme plans, only 1800 plans have been activated, the state government says.

Community mental health organisations will receive $50 million to deliver a new service and give hundreds of mental health workers job security, while disability and community mental health agencies will be able to dip into $20 million of grants, under the pledge.

Mr Foley said the state government was stepping in to ensure those with mental illnesses didn't fall through the cracks left by the federal government's "mishandling of the NDIS rollout".

"We won't sit by and watch Scott Morrison and his government put Victorians on sub-standard plans or abandon them altogether," he said.

"We're giving Victorians with a disability or severe mental illness the support they need, and investing in the hundreds of valued, dedicated workers in the community mental health sector that care for them."

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