A three year evaluation of the Community Living Supports and Housing and Accommodation Support Initiative programs has shown people with lived experience participating in the programs liked the programs and most experienced positive outcomes.
A team from the University of New South Wales evaluated the programs and produced the Evaluation of NSW Community-based Mental Health Programs: Community Living Supports and Housing and Accommodation Support Initiative report. CLS and HASI programs are funded by NSW Health and run to provide supports for people living with severe mental health conditions with the intention of shifting the balance from hospital to community-based care.
Summary of the evaluation report
Factors identified as most important for the success of CLS-HASI
Areas where CLS-HASI was not operating as successfully
HASI/CLS operates across NSW and together support over 1,800 people with severe mental health conditions a year. They are delivered by eight community-managed organisations in partnership with Local Health Districts at a cost of $76 million each year.