Authors: Jennifer Thompson
Event: 2001 TheMHS Conference
Subject: Dual Disorders, Innovation in carer support, ADAHPT, book of proceedings
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Abstract: The emerging need for the provision of services for HIV positive people with a mental illness and/or cognitive impairment and other complex needs led to the establishment of ADAHPT, a state wide service (in New South Wales) to co-case manage clients with multiple diagnoses and complex needs. Most referrals to this team specify mental illness/mental health issues as the main feature of the referral.
When facing the challenge of clients with complex problems, case management crosses into the realm of many different disciplines and areas of expertise. Successful management of these people may involve the co-operation and co-ordination of a wide and varied range of services.
The use of Anti-Retroviral medication along with intensive community case management is enabling clients' health to improve to the stage where they are living longer in a variety of settings. In some cases it may seem that despite such intensive support some clients remain chaotic and seemingly 'unmanageable'.
ADAHPT over time has successfully forged partnerships with a range of services to support some extremely chaotic and difficult people in the community. The aim of this presentation is to show that such partnerships facilitate successful case management