Planning estimates for the mental health community support sector

Siskind, Dan, Harris, Meredith, Buckingham, Bill, Pirkis, Jane and Whiteford, Harvey (2012) Planning estimates for the mental health community support sector. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 46 6: 569-580. doi:10.1177/0004867412443058


Author Siskind, Dan
Harris, Meredith
Buckingham, Bill
Pirkis, Jane
Whiteford, Harvey
Title Planning estimates for the mental health community support sector
Journal name Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0004-8674
1440-1614
Publication date 2012-06-01
Year available 2012
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/0004867412443058
Open Access Status
Volume 46
Issue 6
Start page 569
End page 580
Total pages 12
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Sage Publications
Language eng
Abstract Objective: To describe the approach undertaken to derive planning estimates for the mental health community support sector in Queensland, Australia.
Formatted abstract
Objective: To describe the approach undertaken to derive planning estimates for the mental health community support sector in Queensland, Australia.

Methods: We quantified the needs for services by calculating the prevalence of mental illness in Queensland and by stratifying mental illness by severity. A taxonomy of services in the mental health community support sector was developed and target groups for services identified. Resource targets were set based on a review of the academic and grey literature, expert opinion and consultation with the funding body.

Results:
To provide adequate supported accommodation, 88 beds per 100,000 population are required, with 33.6 full-time equivalents (FTEs) per 100,000 population of attached personalised support. An additional 12.7 FTEs per 100,000 population of personalised support is required for individuals living independently in the community. We estimated that 6.9 FTEs per 100,000 population would be required for the provision of group support services. We estimated that a target of 1.6% of total mental health community support sector budget should be allocated to mutual support and self-help and 5% to community development.

Conclusions: The mental health community support sector is now a major provider of services for people with mental illness, and is likely to continue to grow. When compared to public sector clinical mental health services, the mental health community support sector has lacked clarity surrounding what services are provided, and the quantity of resources required to provide these services. In the absence of other planning information for the community mental health support sector, the estimates described here provide a first step to guide governments and policymakers. Further research and testing in the real world by mental health community support sector practitioners is required to increase the evidence base and refine resource targets.
Keyword Mental health
Health planning
Housing
Social Support
Self help groups
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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