Stepped care is a new approach to the delivery of mental health services, meaning the care you receive will be better tailored to your needs.
Stepped care incorporates a range of services, ranging from mental health awareness campaigns for those in the well population, through to intensive clinical support for those living with severe mental illness, as well as services aimed at groups in need of targeted support, such as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities or LGBTIQ people.
Depending on the service and level of need, people may self-refer into the service appropriate to their needs, or they may be referred by a GP or mental health service provider.
No. Individuals enter a stepped care service at the level appropriate to their needs. For some people, this may be intensive clinical support, for others it may be an online assessment or phone consultation.
The stepped care approach is built around integrated services that allow flexibility to move between the ‘steps’. As people move through their recovery journey, they are able to access more or less intensive services based on their need.
The PHN conducted a competitive tender process, open to mental health providers nationally. An expert evaluation panel identified Queensland-based company, Artius as the preferred provider of the PHN’s stepped care services across the whole region. Learn more about Artius here.
The Access to Allied Psychological Services program (ATAPS, also known as Better Outcomes) is being retired its previous form to pave the way for a more flexible approach for people who may face difficulties in accessing the mental health services they need.
Artius will deliver psychological therapies to people experiencing financial difficulties, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, LGBTIQ people, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and people in rural and remote communities.
The name of the service will change, and the referral process may look different, however the services will still be available to vulnerable groups.
There will be no changes to your current arrangement between now and early 2018, when ATAPS is retired. Continuity of care for clients is paramount to the PHN during the transition phase.
The PHN will work with the preferred provider to contract local mental health service providers wherever possible. More information regarding how to apply to deliver psychological services through the preferred provider will be made available in late 2017.