Authors: North Western Health Care Network Mental Health and Drug and Alcohol Programs
Event: 2000 TheMHS Awards
Type of resource: TheMHS Awards
Award state: VIC
Award level: Gold
Award category: Specialist Service or Part of a Larger Service
Abstract: SUMITT is funded by the Mental Health Branch and Drug Treatment Services of the Department of Human Services Victoria and the North Western Health Care Mental Health Program to provide clinical dual diagnosis services. SUMITT is delivered through a consortium of services that includes the Mental Health Program and the Drug and Alcohol Service of the NOrth Western Health Care Network, the GHRampians General Adult Mental Health Services and Palm Lodge Rehabilitation Program in HOrsham. The program spans seven adult mental health services, EPPIC and two Drug and Alcohol programs. The service works in a collaboritive way with clients, families, case managers and service systems, facilitating a more cohesive system of service delivery for clients with comorbidity whom are between the ages of 16 and 65. The clinical work is enhanced by a model of shared case management with mental health and alcohol and other drug service staff and is the foundation of a statewide eduaction and training program. A 12 month externl evaluation of the program has recently been complete, indicating a significant impact in relation to client outcomes, and satisfaction by participating services and staff with both the clinical work and the statewide training and education programs. Description of Facility/Organisation: North Western Health's Mental Health Program (MHP) is responsible for delivery of a comprehensive integrated mental health program for people of all ages. It services a catchment area with a population of approxiamtely 1.018 million and has an operating budget of $80 million. The Mental Health Program is delivered through 3 streams: Aged Persons Mental Health Service, aDult Area Mental Health Service and Child and Youth Mental Health Service. North Western Health's Drug and Alcohol Program is responsible for the delivery of a range of services including Adult and youth Community Residential Withdrawal, Adult and Youth Homebased withdrawal, Specialist Methadone Sevrices, COunselling and Conultancy services and Forensice Services.