The Australian Government is currently funding a trial to establish eight Adult Mental Health Centres (AMHCs) across Australia, with one AMHC to operate in each state and territory. Wentworth Health Care, provider of the Nepean Blue Mountains Primary Health Network, has been selected to commission the establishment and operation of the NSW AMHC to be located in Penrith within the Nepean Blue Mountains region. The nationally agreed model for the AMHCs has four key elements:
- Respond to people experiencing a crisis or in significant distress, including people at heightened risk of suicide and provide support that may reduce the need for emergency department attendance
- Provide a central point to connect people to other services in the region, including through offering information and advice about mental health issues and Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) use, service navigation and warm referral pathways for individuals, and their carers and family
- Provide in-house assessment, including information and support to access services
- Provide evidence-based and evidence-informed immediate, and short to medium term episodes of care, including utilisation of digital mental health platforms to support people with moderate to high levels of mental health needs, whose needs are not met through other services.
Wentworth Healthcare is seeking to commission a suitably qualified Lead Agency to establish and operate the Penrith AMHC.
The Lead Agency will work closely with Wentworth Healthcare and key stakeholders (including consumers and community) during the establishment phase to ensure that the Penrith AMHC is adapted to local need and works in collaboration with existing state and community mental health services, while adhering to the broader national model.
Request for Proposal closes: 23 April 2021.
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