Residential services for mental health

Residential services provide short, medium or long-term accommodation. The accommodation may also include support services for daily living that promote recovery.

Step up/step down services provide short term (generally up to 28 days) residential mental health specialised support, in a community-based environment.

Long term mental health residential services cater for people with high needs. Private psychiatric hostels are licensed by the Department of Health's Licensing and Accreditation Regulatory Unit. You can find the list of licensed services here.

To find available services near you, search for 'step up/step down' or mental health services in the My Services online directory. You can search by your own location, or 'Restart' your search and search for services in a major town or city.

To access these services an individual can be referred by a General Practitioner, a private psychiatrist or public mental health service.

Support for living in the community

There are specialised services that provide support to people living with a mental illness, to live in their community.

These services generally require a referral from a General Practitioner, a private psychiatrist or public mental health service.

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