Integrated Mental Health Service Partnership
The Integrated Mental Health Service Partnership (IMHSP) consists of clinical mental health service and psychiatric disability support providers in the Mid West and South Western metropolitan area mental health catchments including:
- Melbourne Health (representing Mid West Area Mental Health Services)
- Norwood Association Inc.
- Mercy Mental Health
- Western Region Health Centre
Objectives and Activities
The overarching aim of the IMHSP is to provide a clear guiding framework to bring together services within the clinical mental health and psychiatric disability rehabilitation and support (PDRS) service sectors to form an integrated mental health service system for people who are living with a serious and enduring mental illness and associated psychiatric disability and who are:
- resident in bed-based clinical rehabilitation services (Secure Extended Care Units and Community Care Units) and need a higher level of clinical and psychosocial support to transition to the community; or
- living in the community and have multiple and complex needs (in addition to their mental health issues); or
- waiting for admission to a Secure Extended Care Unit (SECU).
The IMHSP is committed to improving client outcomes and to building a better, more integrated service system.
There are three initiatives within the activities of the IMHSP:
Intensive Home Based Outreach Support (IHBOS)
The IHBOS initiative aims to support recovery in clients who are in forensic and bed-based clinical rehabilitation services and clients who are living in the community and have multiple, complex needs (in addition to their mental health issues) by providing intensive levels of psychosocial support.
Care Coordination for People with a Severe Mental Illness and Multiple Needs
The Care Coordination initiative aims to support recovery and address the effects of social exclusion and disadvantage often experienced by peope with severe mental illness and multiple needs by improving the coordination of care.
SECU Diversion and Substitution
The SECU Diversion and Substitution initiative aims to provide the target client group with high intensity, clinically focused support package as a substitute for admission to a SECU or to Thomas Embling (forensic) Hospital.