SA Mental Health Services Plan
The new Mental Health Services Plan 2020-2025 has been developed by the Office of the Chief Psychiatrist and the SA Mental Health Commission who have worked with many individuals and organisations that are committed to improving mental health service provision in South Australia.
The Plan sets out the proposed future direction for Department for Health and Wellbeing commissioned mental health services. The aim is to rebalance the system towards community alternatives focussed on early intervention and prevention, reduced reliance upon emergency services, and improved service accessibility, integration and continuity across the continuum of care, whilst at the same time seeking to partner with, and empower consumers in their health care.
Planning for number of initiatives are already underway, including a Statewide Borderline Personality Disorder Service (commenced operation), a Towards Zero Suicide initiative, an Urgent Mental Health Centre, and a Neurobehavioural Unit for Older Persons who experience behavioural and personality symptoms secondary to dementia.