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Housing and Mental Health Agreement PDF Print

The Housing and Mental Health Agreement was signed in August 2011 by NSW Ministry of Health and the Department of Family and Community Services and is currently being implemented.

The aim of the Agreement is to improve housing outcomes and general well-being for people with mental health problems and disorders who are living in social housing, or who are homeless or at risk of homelessness, by promoting good practice in providing coordinated services at the local level. It is about strengthening the way local services work together rather than implementing a new program or service.

The Agreement is being implemented through Housing and Mental Health District Implementation and Coordinating Committees (DIACCs). Local Health Districts form the geographic basis for these Committees, with each Local Health District (LHD) across NSW being covered by a DIACC.

Membership of the DIACCs will include partner government agencies and NGOs, with engagement with consumer and carer representatives. DIACCs are in the process of being established now. As this work continues, senior managers from Housing NSW and Local Health Districts will make contact with key NGOs in the housing and mental health service system in their District.

If you would like to be updated about progress with establishing the DIACC in your region you can email This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it . You can also use this email to register your interest in becoming involved in the DIACC, in any way that suits your organisation.

NCOSS, the MHCC and the NSW Consumer Advisory Group Mental Health are represented on the state-wide Interagency Implementation Group for the Agreement.