Authors: Kym McConnell, ACT
Event: 2012 TheMHS Conference
Subject: COLLABORATION, COMMUNITY MENTAL HEALTH, POLICY, Peer workers and community, CONSUMERS, SERVICE-USER
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Abstract: This paper sets out the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs’ (FaHCSIA) role in community mental health through the Targeted Community Care program, including the expansion of the program announced in the 2011-12 Federal Budget. The paper also describes the valued role of peer support workers in program, in particular within the Personal Helpers and Mentors (PHaMs) services. The paper discussed the benefits that peer support workers bring to the program, how this role is evolving and some of the challenges that the sector faces in growing the peer support workforce into the future.