Community support services

Community support services provide support to individuals, families and carers to help with mental health, alcohol or other drug issues.

They include mobile outreach services, drop in centres, group programs, personalised support services to enable people to remain in their home or local community, and programs for families and carers.

Alcohol and drug services will accept self-referrals. Mental health services generally require a referral from a General Practitioner, private psychiatrist or public mental health service. We recommend you check with the service you’re interested in to make sure.

To find a service, please look at the lists below:

Mental Health:

Individualised Community Living Strategy

The Individualised Community Living Strategy (ICLS) is a key Mental Health Commission initiative providing contemporary individualised supports. It can provide coordinated clinical and psychosocial supports and housing to assist people to reach their recovery goals and to live well in the community. All referrals to this program are through local area mental health services. Please refer to the guidelines for more information.

Details of the current interface between the ICLS and the National Disability Insurance Scheme can be found here.

National Psychosocial Support Measure – Western Australia

In the 2017/18 Budget the Australian Government committed $80 million over four years for the National Psychosocial Support (NPS) measure. The purpose of the NPS measure is to provide psychosocial support services to assist people with severe mental illness resulting in reduced psychosocial functional capacity who are not more appropriately funded for assistance through the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).  

The overarching objectives of the NPS measure is to:

  • Support people with severe mental illness and associated psychosocial functional impairment who are not more appropriately supported through the NDIS;
  • Improve  access to psychosocial support services, mental health outcomes and equity in service availability for the target cohort; and
  • Reduce the avoidable need for more intense and acute health services and enhance appropriate/optimal use of the health system.

The Commonwealth component of the NPS measure will be implemented through purpose specific funding to Primary Health Networks (PHN) to commission these new services. The Mental Health Commission (MHC) is working in partnership with the WA Primary Health Alliance who will also facilitate a wider reference group to inform the planning for the commissioning of these services. It is anticipated that the Commonwealth services will commence from January 2019 following the planning/establishment period.

The MHC’s contribution to the NPS measure includes a wide range of services commissioned from various non-government organisations totalling approximately $70.5 million in 2018/19.  These services include:

  • Community mental health step up/step down services;
  • Personalised Supports;
  • Respite Services;
  • Family and Carer Supports;
  • Group Support Activities;
  • Individual Advocacy;
  • Mutual Support and Self Help;
  • Education, Employment and Training; and
  • Accommodation Support Services.

For further information on the services available please refer to the Service Directory on the Western Australian Association for Mental Health (WAAMH) website

The MHC is committed to supporting people with a mental illness who are not eligible for the NDIS, but who require access to support to assist them in meeting their recovery goals and to live a good life in the community. 

Alcohol and Other Drugs:

For Sobering up centres please visit that web page.

 * These services are not funded by the Mental Health Commission.

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