Evaluation of Community Living Supports and the Housing and Accommodation Support Initiative

Project Status: Current
People Involved: Karen Fisher, Christiane Purcal, Trish Hill, Gianfranco Giuntoli, Fredrick Zmudzki, Leanne Dowse
Research Areas: Policy Design, Impact & Evaluation; Disability
Funding Agency: NSW Ministry of Health
Non-Staff Involved: Dr Peri O'Shea; Phillip Mitchell; Kim Beadman, Centre for Social Research in Health, UNSW Sydney

The Social Policy Research Centre (SPRC) evaluates two key mental health programs funded by the NSW Ministry of Health: the Housing and Accommodation Support Initiative (HASI) and Community Living Supports (CLS).

HASI had been running since 2002-2003, while CLS is a recently tendered enhancement to HASI. Both programs operate across the State and provide supports for people with severe mental illness, intending to shift the balance from hospital to community-based care, and to ensure people can live well in the community with a mental illness.

This evaluation entails formative-summative, process and cost-effectiveness components to assess the quality, outcomes and benefits of CLS and HASI. The evaluation design is longitudinal and uses mixed methods including analysis of program and linked outcomes data, qualitative interviews and cost modelling.


Publications

Evaluation Plan Community-based Mental Health Programs: Community Living Supports (CLS) and Housing & Accommodation Support Initiative (HASI) [PDF version]

Evaluation Plan Community-based Mental Health Programs: Community Living Supports (CLS) and Housing & Accommodation Support Initiative (HASI) [word version]