A multilevel framework for effective interagency collaboration in mental health

Shepherd, Nicole and Meehan, Thomas J. (2012) A multilevel framework for effective interagency collaboration in mental health. Australian Journal of Public Administration, 71 4: 403-411. doi:10.1111/j.1467-8500.2012.00791.x


Author Shepherd, Nicole
Meehan, Thomas J.
Title A multilevel framework for effective interagency collaboration in mental health
Journal name Australian Journal of Public Administration   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0313-6647
1467-8500
Publication date 2012-12
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/j.1467-8500.2012.00791.x
Open Access Status
Volume 71
Issue 4
Start page 403
End page 411
Total pages 9
Place of publication Richmond, VIC, Australia
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell
Collection year 2013
Language eng
Abstract The difficulty of coordinating service provision in interagency programs is a challenge for many working in public policy. We reflect on lessons learned through evaluating two inter-agency supported housing programs for people with mental illness and propose a framework outlining components needed for well co-ordinated service provision. We specify collaborative mechanisms at the policy, agency, service and client level. The key component is the role of an ‘integration coordinator': a person who is able to facilitate relationships and ensure effective information flows. Relationships need to be actively maintained to meet the inevitable challenges that will arise in complex interagency systems. The framework is relevant to policymakers across the public sector, including mental health, drug and alcohol, aged care, and policing.
Keyword Collaboration
Interagency
Mental health
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

 
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Created: Tue, 08 Jan 2013, 14:15:22 EST by Sheila Cleary on behalf of Psychiatry - Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital