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.

For further information please click on the links below:

Frequently Asked Questions provide detailed answers to a number of community raised queries.

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 two services currently operating in Western Australia. These are located in Joondalup which opened in May 2013 with 22 beds, and in Rockingham which opened in October 2016 with 10 beds.

Future services

Broome

Broome community mental health step up/step down will be a six bed service and is expected to be operational by November 2018.  Community consultation occurred between 7 and 10 December 2016 and on 20 February 2017 with briefings to the Shire of Broome on 21 February 2017 and 16 March 2017.  

Bunbury

Bunbury community mental health step up/step down will be a 10 bed service and is expected to be operational by August 2019.  Community consultation on this service will be conducted in the latter half of 2017.  More information will follow. 

Karratha

Karratha community mental health step up/step down will be a six bed service and is expected to be operational by August 2019. Community consultation  occurred between  16 and 17 February 2017, 11 and 12 April 2017 , 3 May 2017, and 12  and 13 June 2017. A briefing to the City of Karratha was held on the 12 June 2017.  The Mental Health Commission continues to engage with the City of Karratha on a regular basis. The Mental Health Commissioner has written to the City of Karratha seeking their advice on alternative sites which may be suitable and available. Community consultation is ongoing.

Further commitments – Kalgoorlie and Geraldton

The State Government has also announced its commitment to provide community mental health step up/step down services in Kalgoorlie and Geraldton. These are subject to additional funding being allocated through the normal Government budgetary processes.

More information can be found by clicking the below:

Mental Health Issues – what is a mental health issue?

Or alternatively queries regarding the community step up/step down services can be emailed to communitystepupstepdown@mhc.wa.gov.au

Photo of kitchen area of Rockingham Step Up Step Down service

Rockingham Step Up Step Down service - opened in 2016

Photo of outside area of Joondalup Step Up Step Down service

Joondalup Step Up Step Down service - opened in 2013