New Mental Health Services for Cardinia and Casey Residents

Monday, 19 February 2018

Residents of Cardinia and Casey now have access to a new range of free mental health support services.

The new services are part of an Australian Government $11 million funding package for mental health services across South Eastern Melbourne and include:

Accessible Psychological Interventions (APIs) to support for those with mild/moderate mental health conditions. These services include counselling which can be delivered in individual, family or group settings.

Mental Health Integrated Complex Care (MHICC) services to support those with severe/complex mental illness, including clinical nursing services, family support and liaison, care co-ordination and improving access to psychiatrist and psychological care.  

“These new services have been designed in line with best practice mental health guidelines, as well as extensive consumer and professional consultation,” Federal Member for La Trobe Jason Wood said.

“These services are flexible, with the consumer able to step up or step down to different intensity support as their needs change over time."

API services will be delivered by FMC Mediation and Counselling in Cardinia and by EACH in Casey.

MHICC services will be delivered by Mentis Assist in both Cardinia and Casey.

The organisations won an open tender process conducted by the South Eastern Melbourne Primary Health Network (SEMPHN) earlier this year.

“It will now be easier than ever for local residents to access the right mental health service and have a single point of contact for support,” Mr Wood said.

Anyone, including consumers, family and friends as well as health professionals, can call SEMPHN’s Mental Health Intake number (1800 862 363) during business hours for referral information.

The new services to be delivered by EACH, FMC Mediation and Counselling and Mentis Assist are primarily for people who have a health care card or can’t afford/access similar services, as well as priority groups including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, people living in residential aged care facilities, people with perinatal depression, and people who have experienced family violence. 

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