Authors: Mitchell Durbridge, SA
Event: 2008 TheMHS Conference
Subject: Community, Clinicians and Education, RECOVERY / REHABILITATION,RESEARCH, EVALUATION, QUALITY IMPROVEMENT,TRANSFORMING MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Abstract: Much has been documented regarding the benefits of specialist clinical and non-clinical support services in supporting recovery for people with serious mental health issues. Traditionally, these services have been provided separately by Government (Specialist Clinical) and Non-Government (Non-Clinical) services, with NGO’s providing services from a variety of service models, with a recent report concluding that this has resulted in a fragmented system that “makes it easy for consumers to fall through the net” Elisha, et al (2006). More recently, an innovative program (GP Access) has been funded to pilot the incorporation of a clinical therapeutic support service from within an existing non-clinical service supporting consumers with serious mental health conditions who would not otherwise be able to access such services. The following paper outlines this model of service delivery with a focus on addressing the divide between clinical and non-clinical support systems, and improving access for consumers. Potential benefits and barriers to service delivery and efficacy are discussed, along with the rationale for this pilot program.