An update on the Adult Community Mental Health Service
Model of Care The much anticipated draft ACMHS MoC is ready for external consultation! The framework was initially consulted on in workshops and forums with carers and and consumers in 2014 and has undergone a very detailed planning process in order to develop a model that will best meet the needs of the ACT now and into the future. The full Model of Care can be accessed in the link below, however we have also summarised some key aspects of the Model below;
The Adult Community Mental Health Service sits between primary mental health, (such as seeking a mental health treatment plan from a GP) and tertiary mental health (such as being an inpatient in a mental health treatment facility). It provides mental health treatment and support in community setting, provided by ACT Health.
Currently, services that are considered part of the Adult Community Mental Health Services are The Mobile Intensive Treatment Team (MITT), Crisis Assessment and Treatment Team (CATT) and the services provided by the mental health teams at Woden Mental Health, Belconnen Mental health and more.
As part of the many changes to ACT Health Mental Health Service delivery, it was decided that the ACMHS needed to be further developed in order to improve treatment options in the community, including increased capacity and increased accessibility,and a focus on keeping people well in the community.
The Model more closely parallels the important developments of The Mental Health Act 2015 including, supported decision making and including carers in treatment discussions
In The Model components are based upon 5 key functions that the service needs to incorporate namely;
Access Assessment and Triage
Acute Response and Intensive Home Treatment
Community Recovery Service
Assertive Community Outreach Service
We will be providing carers with more information, including a forum on The Model early in the new year. If you would like to read the draft ACMHS MoC click here and if you have any comments to feed into the committee please email them to email@example.com.
Mental Health Carer Drop In
Mental Health Carers are invited to join us for some lively discussion over a biscuit and a cuppa. Held on the last Friday of each month these sessions:
* Focus on a different topic each month * Are driven by carers’ interests and concerns
We are closed for the December Christmas Break from the 5:00pm on the 23rd of December till 9:00am on the 3rd of January. We are therefore not having a mental health carer drop in in December, however we wish you a very Merry Christmas and look forward to seeing you in January.
Carer Representative Opportunities
Would you like to volunteer your time by working directly with ACT Health to get mental health carers issues heard?
Our Carer Representative program is a group of dedicated volunteers with mental health caring experience that sit on ongoing committees or short term working groups working on various aspects of mental health. We receive invitations from ACT Health for passionate carers who are looking to get to the heart of the systemic issues and work to improve ACT Mental health care for carers.
A number of opportunities have become available for mental health carers to sit on committees and speak up on carers issues!