The SA Mental Health Commission connects with organisations with experience in developing and delivering innovative ways of providing mental health care.
As the Commission led the development of the SA Mental Health Strategic Plan 2017–2022, South Australians told us that a range of options for support and care need to be offered to meet individual needs at different times, rather than a ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach.
We heard that medication is important for people but, equally so, are a range of other options and interventions.
A recurring theme was the difficulty in knowing where and how to access appropriate and timely help for mental health issues, ranging from mild distress to crisis to ongoing community support.
For many South Australians, the lack of alternative options for care means they have ended up in emergency departments. It is important to:
- Identify and investigate co-response models that involve the collaborative delivery of care between mental health services and first responders.
- Examine national and international hospital avoidance and emergency department alternative initiatives.
The SA Mental Health Commission’s investigation into other models of care, such as peer-run crisis centres, has been included in future planning with the Mental Health Services Plan.
Some models of care are still being investigated and some trials are taking place to test them in the SA context.
Different models are included in the Mental Health Services Plan and Social Inclusion Bonds have been considered by government and continue to be included in planning.
- RI International
- NHS Health Scotland
- The Office of the Chief Psychiatrist
Links to the SA Mental Health Strategic Plan 2017–2022:
Strategic Direction 3:
Provide integrated services that work better together.
Strategic Direction 4:
Provide quality supports and services that are easily accessible and meet individual, family and carer needs.
Strategic Direction 5:
Provide the right support for our diverse communities.
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