Building on the vision and direction provided by the government in the SA Mental Health Strategic Plan 2017-2022, the Office of the Chief Psychiatrist and the SA Mental Health Commission are partnering to develop the new SA Health Mental Health Services Plan.

The SA Health Mental Health Services Plan will provide a framework to ensure that quality care occurs in consistent and innovative ways across state operated and commissioned mental health and wellbeing services. It will align with the 5th National Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Plan. The plan will describe what consumers should expect when using mental health services, the range of services and associated resources required to meet population-based needs. A model of service delivery will be articulated at a high level to determine the scope and size of services and associated resource requirements, but specific details of service models and team arrangements will be determined locally.

The Mental Health Services Plan project is led by an expert Steering Group that includes people with extensive experience in the fields of mental health, service planning, design and delivery, and community, carer and consumer representation. Throughout the process of the South Australian Mental Health Services Plan development, SA Health staff, people with lived experience (consumers and carers), the community, service providers, government, non-government and private organisations, and academic institutions will be able to provide their suggestions, ideas and feedback to inform the plan.

Further targeted consultation will take place in December 2018, with the final plan to be delivered to the Minister for Health and Wellbeing in March 2019.

Find out more about the SA Mental Health Strategic Plan 2017-2022.

Find out more about the 5th National Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Plan.

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