There are a number of PARC service models. These are Adult PARC services which include a Women’sand an Extended Stay, and Youth PARC services (for consumers aged between 16 and 25). PARCservices seek to provide an average length of stay between seven and 14 days, with a maximum stay of28 days. This exception to this is the Extended PARC service where the expected stay is up to sixmonths.
The aims of PARC services are to:
- improve mental health outcomes of people with a severe mental illness, who become acutely unwell
- prevent avoidable admissions to acute units and avoidable re-admissions following an acute episode.
This report analyses state mental health service data from 2009 to 2014 to evaluate whether PARCservices are meeting their aims and objectives. This research also seeks an understanding of PARCservices’ roles in relation to hospital-based acute inpatient mental health care services and CommunityCare Units (CCUs).The objectives of this research were to:
- describe PARC services in terms of their availability, clientele and context for access, health outcomes and care pathways
- compare PARC services to hospital-based acute inpatient mental health services and CCUs by consumer demographics, service delivery and outcomes
- assess whether PARC services are providing better access to mental health services in Victoria.
Reviewed 04 March 2016