Book of Proceedings: Recipe for integration – reflections on the ingredients of a successful partnership between a clinical mental health provider and a community mental health organisation

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Authors: Beth Fogerty and Shayne Collier, VIC

Year: 2014

Event: 2014 TheMHS Conference

Subject: book of proceedings 2014

Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers

ISBN: 978-0-9757653-9-5

Abstract: Governments, academics, clinicians and the service sector have been calling for the integration of clinical mental health and non-clinical services since the beginning of the deinstitutionalisation period. Integration remains a key theme throughout government policy and strategy documents such as the Fourth National Mental Health Plan 2009-2013 (Commonwealth of Australia, 2009) and in Victoria's Priorities for Mental Health Reform 2013-15 (Victorian Department of Health, 2013). There is general acceptance that working in collaboration helps us achieve more together than we could alone in improving the experience and outcomes for people with mental illness and carers. Collaborative service delivery models often feature co-location of community organisations on site at clinical mental health services. This paper will provide reflections on the partnership experience between Mental Illness Fellowship Victoria and Latrobe Regional Hospital in delivering a three year demonstration project to assist homeless people with serious mental illness to establish homes in the private rental market, and build lives in the community. We will share supporting elements as well as challenges faced when developing and delivering an integrated service delivery model.

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