This year there have been changes to federally funded psychosocial support services available for people living with a severe mental illness.
Psychosocial support had been provided through the Partners in Recovery, Day to Day Living and Personal Helpers and Mentors programs. These programs ended on 30 June this year, when the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) was fully implemented in Tasmania.
The Australian Government has funded Primary Health Tasmania (PHT) to commission services to ensure clients of those programs who are ineligible for the NDIS, waiting to transition to the NDIS, or waiting to be tested for the NDIS will continue to receive similar levels of support.
- The National Psychosocial Support (NPS) Transition service is being delivered by Anglicare and Mission Australia. This service is in place until June 2020.
- The Continuity of Support service, MyConnections+, is for clients of the previous Partners in Recovery, Day to Day Living and Personal Helpers and Mentors programs, who are found to be ineligible for the NDIS. This service is delivered by Baptcare, who can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org for further information. While this service is ongoing, clients will be still encouraged to retest for the NDIS if their circumstances or needs change.
- PHT has also commissioned a new service (NPS Measure) for Tasmanians who have a severe mental illness that impacts on their daily life from time to time (i.e. episodic rather than ongoing), who have not previously received psychosocial support, and are not suited to the NDIS (which is for ongoing need) or have not yet applied for NDIS and need support to do so. Baptcare is delivering this service known as MyHorizons statewide. Contact email@example.com for further information.