With the closure of Commonwealth mental health programs Partners in Recovery (PIR), Personal Helpers & Mentors (PHaMs), and Day to Day Living (D2DL) on 30 June 2019, GPs may encounter patients and their families or carers who are confused about what new mental health supports are available. We have summarised the mental health services now available to people in our catchment, as a helpful resource to support your patients.
|A consumer with severe mental illness who is ineligible for the NDIS and who is:||Will receive support from:|
|a former PIR, PHaMS D2DL participant||Psychosocial Support Service delivered by Neami National|
|a client of AMHS and not a former PIR, PHaMs or D2DL participant||EIPSR|
|a client of AMHS and a former PIR, PHaMs or D2DL participant||Psychosocial Support Service delivered by Neami National|
|a consumer not linked to an AMHS or PIR, PHaMs or D2DL program||Psychosocial Support Service delivered by Neami National|
|a former PIR, PHaMs or D2DL participant who has not tested NDIS eligibility||Psychosocial support provided by their existing PIR, PHaMs or D2DL provider until NDIS eligibility known. If NDIS ineligible, then consumer may choose to transition to Psychosocial Support Service delivered by Neami National.|
|a consumer with no psychosocial supports||Psychosocial Support Service delivered by Neami National|
PIR: Partners in Recovery
PHaMs: Personal Helpers and Mentors
D2DL: Day to Day Living
AMHS: Area Mental Health Service
NDIS: National Disability Insurance Scheme
Former consumers of PIR, PHaMs and D2DL programs
Please advise your patients that psychosocial support services are available now for people with severe mental illness, including consumers who were former participants of PIR, PHaMs and D2DL programs and who are not currently supported by the NDIS.
Consumers who are former participants of PIR, PHaMs and D2DL will be supported to test their eligibility for the NDIS over the next few months.
If a consumer is found ineligible for the NDIS, they will be supported to receive the new Psychosocial Support Service, delivered by Neami National.
For consumers who do not have psychosocial supports in place
For patients who are not linked in with any psychosocial supports, there are new options available to them.
Some consumers with severe mental illness may receive psychosocial supports from a community mental health organisation linked to their Local Hospital Network/Area Mental Health Service. These psychosocial supports are funded by the State of Victoria under their Early Intervention Psychosocial Support Response (EIPSR).
Other consumers with severe mental illness, who have no links with PIR, PhaMs, D2DL programs or local clinical services, and are not supported by the NDIS, may also receive appropriate supports from the Psychosocial Support Service delivered by Neami National.
What do we mean by ‘psychosocial supports’?
Psychosocial supports can include finding a home or work, looking after physical and mental health, connecting to the community, and developing social skills and friendships.
If you require information or advice about the support types that would be best for your patients, please contact:
EMPHN Referral and Access Team
(03) 9800 1071