Authors: De Paul Community Support Service
Event: 1995 TheMHS Awards
Type of resource: TheMHS Awards
Award state: WA
Award level: Gold
Award category: Innovative Part of a Comprehensive Service
Abstract: The De Paul Community Support Service is a community-based inreach service for people with a psychiatric disability. Its purpose is to provide psychosocial support service to people in their own environments so that they can maintain community tenure with a quality of life. The DPCSS operates in conjunction with identified medical and clinical structures. It is tailored to each individual's needs and priorities. The general objectives are that people improve their social circumstance and their social functioning and improve or sustain their mental and physical health. The Service employs professional support workers who each provide 'hands-on' support for 8 to 12 clients at any one time, depending on the level of support required. The length of support can range from periods of six months to several years. The Service is funded/purchased by three Perth Metropolitan Health Authorities to operate alongside public psychiatric clinical services and, more recently, private psychiatrists. Description of Facility/Organisation: The De Paul Community Support Service (DPCSS) is under the auspices of a non-government church agency, the Daughters of Charity Services (WA) ltd. The Service is an inreach community-based service for people with a chronic psychiatric disability. The service delivery is not office based. In fact, there is no direct servicing of clients at the office at all. Direct servicing occurs in the clients'' own settings. The Service currently employs a manager, eleven professional field workers and three back-up support workers. The Service's capacity currently is around 110 clients at any one time, with a service offered in six of the Departments' psychiatric clinic districts in the Perth metropolitan area.