Mental Health Services Community Participation and Partnerships

MNCLHD Mental Health Services have many effective networks and partnerships with both government and non-government services.

NSW Health has developed a number of Memorandum of Understanding (MOU’s) with key government services. These include MOU’s between Mental Health and: Police; Ambulance; Housing; Ageing, Disability and Home Care. The implementation of these MOU’s at a local and regional level is assisted through a number of committees.

The Mid North Coast Mental Health Integrated Care Collaborative (MHICC)

A group of key government, non-government and primary care mental health service providers and consumer representatives in the mid north coast have come together to plan in collaboration better ways of coordinating services to ensure the best possible experiences for consumers. The MHICC was initiated in 2014 following a MNC Mental Health Sector Conference convened to examine future options for collaboration and integration of care and support for people with mental health needs. With the sponsorship of MNCLHD, and the support of an enthusiastic and engaged design group of key stakeholders, the MHICC is currently formalising the Collaborative Structure and Governance Framework, and progressing initiatives to achieve its aim of building consensus and action for the right support in the right place at the right time for people with mental health needs.

For more information contact;

Pam Johnson
Program Manager,
Mid North Coast Mental Health Integrated Care Collaborative

Phone 0427 692 598
Pamela.johnson@ncahs.health.nsw.gov.au

Non-Government Organisation (NGO) and Commonwealth Funded Services

HeadSpace

Headspace offers early intervention service for 12-25yo. The service consists of General Practitioners, Psychologists, Youth workers and psychiatrists.

Coffs Harbour
Shop 27-30,
North Side Shopping Centre,
81 Park Beach Rd,
Coffs Harbour, NSW 2450

Phone (02) 6652 1878
Fax (02) 6652 7379

Port Macquarie
Suites 4 & 5
10-12 Short Street
Port Macquarie NSW 2444

Phone (02) 6588 7300
Fax (02) 6584 5729

New Horizons+ Housing Assistance Support Initiative (HASI)

A joint initiative between NSW Health, Housing NSW and New Horizons, the Housing & Accommodation Support Initiative (HASI) provides practical, individualised accommodation support for people with mental illness.

Assisting in the recovery from mental illness, the service supports people to maintain successful tenancies, participate in community activities and enjoy improved quality of life.

Services cover Coffs Harbour, Port Macquarie and Kempsey

Personal Helpers and Mentors (PHAMS)

The Personal Helpers and Mentors program (PHaMS) is a program which supports people (aged 16 years and over) whose lives are severely affected by mental illness. The program focuses on strengths and what people with mental illness can do, rather than what they can’t do. The program also focuses on recovery, demonstrating that people with mental illness can lead a fulfilled life in the community with the same opportunities as everyone else. A Personal Helper and Mentor is allocated to all participants who join the program, to support them in their recovery journey

  • New Horizons (Hastings Macleay) operates from Hat Head to Laurieton

Resource and Recovery Services Program (RRSP)

RRSP is designed to provide support and access to quality community services for people with a diagnosed mental illness. RRSP is based on the principles of psychosocial rehabilitation. This service covers the Hastings Macleay Area.

The recovery focus provides service users with access to resources that will assist them in their recovery journey. This service promotes access to mainstream community based services that will meet the individual goals of the person being supported.

This is done by:

  • Developing, implementing and monitoring of personal support plans
  • Coordination of a range of vocational, recreational and community support services
  • Provision of support and psychosocial education to service users and their families

Centacare

Centacare provides individual outreach support for consumers at any point in time in Hastings Macleay Network . Outreach support will be maintained at the designated hours each week for each consumer depending on consumer need.

On Track Community Programs

On Track offers quality mental health services that support the needs of our community across the North Coast of NSW from Coffs Harbour to Tweed Heads. Programs range from 24 hour supported accommodation for those with high needs, to skills-based and creative day programs at our Connections Centre. Through all of our programs we support and encourage individuals to develop their life skills, improve mental health literacy and strengthen their connections with peers and the community.

Mission Australia – Housing Assisted Support Initiatives (HASI)

Properly managing mental health issues, understanding why they are occurring and helping people to improve their quality of life are keys to helping people to stay in stable accommodation.

However, it is an ongoing process. This is why Mission Australia provides mental health support to people who are at risk of homelessness, are staying in crisis accommodation or who have moved into permanent housing. Packages are available in the Hastings Macleay Network

Family and Carer Mental Health Program (FCMHP)

The Family and Carer Mental Health Program (FCMHP) in northern NSW provides a comprehensive range of free supports and services for families and carers of people with a mental illness.

The program aims to ensure families and carers of people living with a mental illness receive appropriate support, information, education and skill development to fulfill their caring role, while maintaining their own health and well-being.

This free and confidential service is funded by NSW Health through the Mental Health and Drug and Alcohol Office.

It is delivered by Mission Australia in partnership with Northern NSW and Mid North Coast Local Health Networks.

The program assists:

  • Families and carers of people living with a mental illness
  • Carer support groups and networks
  • Mental health services
  • Non-government organisations and other service providers.

CHESS – Personal Helpers and Mentors (PHAMS)

The Personal Helpers and Mentors program (PHaMS) is a program which supports people (aged 16 years and over) whose lives are severely affected by mental illness. The program focuses on strengths and what people with mental illness can do, rather than what they can’t do. The program also focuses on recovery, demonstrating that people with mental illness can lead a fulfilled life in the community with the same opportunities as everyone else. A Personal Helper and Mentor is allocated to all participants who join the program, to support them in their recovery journey