Authors: Adele Freeman, Glenn Hunt, Emily Evenhuis, Debra Smith, John Malone, NSW
Event: 2003 TheMHS Conference
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Abstract: Aftercare, an accommodation and support service in Sydney, received funding from the Centre for Mental Health to research high support accommodation for people with mental illnesses. This paper will outline key sections of the project which included an extensive literature review, a statewide survey of high support, very high support and residential rehabilitation services, a need and functioning assessment of a sample of consumers residing in these services, and consumer and community consultations. The project found that the foremost conceptual model of high support, very high support and residential rehabilitation in NSW is transitional, and that whilst services are doing a good job at meeting consumers’ needs for practical assistance, social and psychological needs require more attention. Benefits of the project include an improved understanding of the services available to consumers, clarification of the language used to describe housing models, and detailed information about the met and unmet needs of consumers.