Authors: Theresa Williams, WA
Event: 2013 TheMHS Conference
Subject: FUNDING, GOVT POLICY,MH SERVICE REFORM,SERVICE SYSTEMS AND PROGRAMS, Self-directed Support - choice and Control
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Abstract: Self directed support has the potential to give people with mental health issues greater choice and control in their recovery journey. Understanding this policy approach is both important and timely given the implementation of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) which will provide individualised funding and support to people with a psychosocial disability. Being awarded a Churchill Fellowship enabled me to visit England, Scotland, Ireland, Belgium and the Netherlands in 2012 to find out first hand how each country is implementing self directed support for people with a mental illness. Based on this international experience, the paper outlines:
• national differences in policy and implementation approaches;
• key success factors for implementation;
• examples of innovative services; and
• challenges which are specific to mental health.
It concludes with key lessons to be learned from other countries which could be adapted to the Australian situation to benefit consumers and their families.