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Primary Mental Health Care Services for People with Severe Mental Illness Program (formerly MHNIP)

Brisbane South PHN recently undertook a review of the Mental Health Nurse Incentive Program (MHNIP). Review findings showed that there was a need to:

  • increase access to the programs for priority populations
  • increase clinical governance and operational oversight and monitoring of the overall programs
  • strengthen opportunities for consumer feedback and develop more robust reporting and evaluation processes around consumer feedback
  • adopt innovative service approaches by embedding more flexibility into commissioning arrangements
  • promote appropriate service need to population need matching and integration across the stepped care model
  • develop greater stakeholder understanding of the programs including referral guidelines, eligibility and entry requirements.

Following the review, applicants were sought through an open tender process to deliver a newly commissioned Primary Mental Health Care Services for People with Severe Mental Illness Program. A key driver of this was the need for Brisbane South PHN to re-fresh its approach to providing the best health outcomes across the catchment area.

Brisbane South PHN is delighted to announce that The Benevolent Society and Aftercare were the successful tender applicants and will now deliver services across the region. The Benevolent Society will be responsible for the Logan and Redlands Hospital catchment areas and Aftercare for the Princess Alexandra Hospital (PAH) catchment area.

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 that provide 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 will be operational from early February 2018 with information around referral pathways and eligibility to be provided in the coming weeks. Client continuity of care is paramount during the change process and a transition period for clients currently in the MHNIP program will take place until 31 March 2018 at which time the new program will be fully operational.

For more information, please contact the Program Coordinator, Mental Health by emailing mhaod@bsphn.org.au

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