Authors: Justin Scanlan, Nicola Hancock, James Gillespie, Jennifer Smith-Merry, Ivy Yen
Event: 2017 TheMHS Conference
Subject: Clinical Issues,Service Systems, Delivery, Implementation, Research & Evaluation Informing Practice
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Abstract: Partners in Recovery (PIR) is an Australian government initiative designed to provide support and service linkage for individuals with complex needs living with mental illness. This 3 year study examined whether consumers engaged in PIR programs in two large regions of Sydney experienced: (i) reduction in unmet needs (either via self- or staff-report), and (ii) progress in their self-reported mental health recovery.
Unmet needs were measured using the Camberwell Assessment of Need Short Appraisal Scale (CANSAS) and recovery was measured using the Recovery Assessment Scale – Domains and Stages (RAS-DS). For individuals with initial and follow-up data, paired t-tests were used to examine change over time.
In this presentation, we will report on the results demonstrating overall reduced unmet needs and enhanced mental health recovery. We demonstrate that at follow-up, individuals reported improvements in met needs. The most common remaining unmet needs were in the areas of “company” and “daytime activities.” We will also discuss the nuances and complexities revealed in the study relating to outcome assessment choice and processes of collecting routine outcome measures.
Learning Outcome 1: Participants attending this presentation will learn about the types of outcomes that can be supported via services within the PIR model, as well as those areas of need that appear most challenging to overcome.
Learning Outcome 2: This information will be important for ongoing PIR service delivery, other care coordination, coaching and brokerage models of service delivery as well as informing the development of the psychosocial aspect of the National Disability Insurance Scheme.
Hancock, N., Smith-Merry, J., Gillespie, J. A., & Yen, I. (2016). Is the Partners in Recovery program connecting with the intended population of people living with severe and persistent mental illness? What are their prioritised needs? Australian Health Review. doi:10.1071/AH15248
Hancock, N., Scanlan, J. N., Honey, A., Bundy, A. C., & O’Shea, K. (2015). Recovery Assessment Scale – Domains and Stages (RAS-DS): Its feasibility and outcome measurement capacity. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 49, 624-633. doi:10.1177/0004867414564084