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Student Resource Package — Targeted Initiatives

Mental Health Practitioners in Specialist Schools (Reference 131)

The Mental Health Practitioners in Specialist Schools (SSMHP) initiative provides funding to government specialist school campuses with secondary-aged enrolments (12 years+) to employ a suitably qualified Mental Health Practitioner (that is, a fully registered Mental Health Nurse, Occupational Therapist, Psychologist or Social Worker) for between 2 and 4 days a week.

Mental Health Practitioners provide direct counselling support to students, early intervention services and whole-school mental health and wellbeing promotion and prevention activities. They also coordinate supports for students with complex needs.

For further information on the SSMHP, refer to the department’s Mental health and wellbing toolkitExternal Link .

Student Resource Package (SRP) funding is provided to cover the salary of an ongoing school-based Mental Health Practitioner. Participating specialist schools receive between a minimum of 0.4 FTE and a maximum of 0.8 FTE, depending on their secondary-aged student enrolments.

SSMHP initiative funding eligibility for schools with combined Primary/Secondary-aged enrolments

All participating specialist schools with secondary enrolments will receive funding for an ongoing MHP from the beginning of Term 1, 2023. For specialist schools with both primary and secondary-aged student enrolments, funding allocations will be determined based on secondary-aged (12+ years) enrolments only.

FTE allocations will be fixed from the release of the Confirmed SRP (March 2023) for 2 years. At the conclusion of the 2-year period, FTE allocations will be reviewed and adjustments may be made.

Funding is allocated as credit and cash funding.

Calculation

School FTE Allocation (Part 1) = FTE allocated as per below ranges:

  • less than 100 students = 0.4 FTE
  • greater than 100 to 250 students = 0.6 FTE
  • 250+ students = 0.8 FTE

Funding calculation (Part 2) = School FTE allocation (rounded to one decimal) * Rate

Rate

Rate = Midpoint of an Education Support, Level 1 Range 1 to 6, position including school SRP on-costs

Reference 131 of the SRP Guide, providing information on Mental Health Practitioners in Specialist Schools

Reviewed 05 January 2023

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