Non-clinical specialist mental health services
Psychiatric disability rehabilitation and support services (PDRSS)
The non-government psychiatric disability rehabilitation and support services sector is a core component of specialist mental health services complementing clinical mental health services. PDRSS are managed by non-government organisations and focus on addressing the impact of mental illness on a persons daily activities and the social disadvantage resulting from illness. They work within a recovery and empowerment model to maximise peoples opportunities to live successfully in the community.
Psychiatric disability support services are aimed at people with serious mental illness and associated significant psychiatric disability. Services cater primarily for people aged between 16 and 64 years. The precise eligibility criteria will depend on the type of service or program being offered. Consumers receiving case management services from the public mental health service who are referred by the service are automatically eligible for support from the PDRSS.
PDRSS disability support services (outreach/day program/social support)
Rehabilitation day programs assist people with severe psychiatric disabilities to improve their quality of life, participate in everyday living activities, and function as independently as possible in the community. This may involve the development of social and living skills in a group context, through centre-based and community access programs. Home based outreach services provide support to consumers living in their own homes, or other community residential settings. Training in social and living skills is provided in the residents home, with a focus on the activities and interactions of everyday life.
PDRSS residential disablity support services
Residential rehabilitation services provide intensive psychosocial rehabilitation and support in group accommodation preparatory to residents living independently in their own setting. Emphasis is on developing or regaining skills to enable each resident to deal with daily living activities, developing confidence to commence or continue schooling, training or employment, as well as supporting positive contact with their family and friends.
These services provide a short-term change in environment for a consumer and a break for carers, and include both formal and informal psychosocial rehabilitation components. Planned respite services may involve social and recreational day activities, including in-home support, holiday and adventure activities, and residential components.
Mutual support and self help
These services provide information and peer support to people with a mental illness and/or their carers. This can involve the sharing of experiences and coping strategies, the provision of information and referral services, and the promotion of community awareness.
PDSS Quarterly Data Collection (External site)
Use of Language Services in Psychiatric Disability Rehabilitation and Support Services - October 2006 (Program Management Circular)