Community mental health step up/step down services
Community-based mental health step up/step down services are being commissioned by the Mental Health Commission in several areas of the State to better support local communities. They are a key component of our work towards the Western Australian Mental Health, Alcohol and Other Drug Services Plan 2015 – 2025: Better Choices. Better Lives.
They provide a vital service for people with mental health issues, aiming to support people safely in the community and close to their personal supports from family and friends. This provides another service option for people to help them along their recovery journey.
The services provide short term, residential support and individualised care for people following discharge from hospital, or those who are in the community experiencing a change in their mental health to avoid a possible hospitalisation. Services include a combination of psychosocial and clinical support programs and activities.
The community mental health step up/step down services provide:
Step Up services, which allow people to step up from the community, and provide additional support for a person to manage a deterioration in their mental health, but where an admission to an inpatient facility (such as a hospital) is not warranted; and
Step Down services, which allow people to step down from a stay in an inpatient facility, and provide additional support to a person who no longer requires acute inpatient care but does require assistance in re-establishing themselves in the community.
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The Model of Service provides an overview of how the Community mental health step up/step down services will operate.
Existing services in Joondalup and Rockingham
There are three services currently operating in Western Australia. These are located in Joondalup which opened in May 2013 with 22 beds, in Rockingham which opened in October 2016 with 10 beds and in Albany which opened in November 2018 with 6 beds.
Step up/step down services are currently planned, funded by the government and being progressed in Broome, Bunbury, Kalgoorlie and Karratha.
Or alternatively queries regarding the community step up/step down services can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org