Authors: Mental Health Coordinating Council
Event: 2012 TheMHS Awards
Type of resource: TheMHS Awards
Award state: NSW
Award level: Silver
Award category: Special Achievement
Abstract: The Mental Health Coordinating Council in 2011 launched an online resource: the Mental Health Rights Manual: A Consumer Guide to the Legal and Human Rights of People with Mental Illness in NSW. In collaboration with the Public Interest Advocacy Centre (PIAC) MHCC authored a plain English manual which is a unique ‘living’ document. Incorporating the latest legislative and policy reforms, the manual brings together vital information crucial to anyone navigating the mental health and legal service systems in NSW. Each page of this extensive resource is dated to reflect currency, and readers can easily become acquainted with their rights; find explanations regarding the service systems and find out where they can access support and information for themselves or those they wish to assist. Speaking to a diverse community, the manual has been developed specifically for people with a mental illness, carers and families; and non-legal community service providers. The manual is freely available and can be printed off in part or full from the microsite on MHCC’s home page at: http://mhrm.mhcc.org.au Description of Facility/Organisation: The Mental Health Coordinating Council (MHCC) is the peak body representing community managed organisations (CMOs) in NSW. Funded primarily by NSW Health, and retaining 24 employees, membership consists of over 250 CMOs whose activity is related to the promotion and/or delivery of services for people affected by mental illness. Service types include a range of recovery orientated clinical, psychosocial, housing and employment services, as well as education, training, advocacy and information services. MHCC participate extensively in policy and sector development and facilitate linkages between state and Commonwealth governments, the non-government and private sectors, and consult widely to respond to policy and legislative reform and affect systemic change. MHCC also conduct research projects and develop collaborative programs on behalf of the sector; and is a Registered Training Organisation delivering nationally accredited training and professional development to the mental health workforce through MHCC Learning and Development.