Important changes have been made to primary mental health care services for people with severe mental illness in the Brisbane South area.

Brisbane South PHN is delighted to announce new arrangements for the Primary Mental Health Care Services for People with Severe Mental Illness Program, previously known as the Mental Health Nurse Incentive Program (MHNIP).

The Benevolent Society (TBS) and Aftercare will now deliver services across the region, with Aftercare being responsible for the Princess Alexandra Hospital catchment area while TBS is responsible for the Logan and Redlands hospital catchment areas.

Both organisations will be tasked with increasing access to the service for people with severe and complex mental illness by supporting the provision of localised services, giving access to currently underserviced and identified priority populations. The organisations will work together to increase clinical governance, program consistency and equity of service provision and reduce the current operational burden for the credentialed mental health nurses

The newly commissioned Primary Mental Health Care Services for People with Severe Mental Illness Program commences operation at the beginning of February 2018. Information on referral pathways and eligibility will be provided in due course. The transition period for the current MHNIP program will complete on 31 March 2018.

For more information on the Primary Mental Health Care Services for People with Severe Mental Illness Program, please contact Melissa Ram by emailing mram@bsphn.org.au or phoning 1300 467 265.

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