Welcome to the website of the Mental Health Community Coalition of the ACT
The Mental Health Community Coalition of the ACT (MHCC ACT), established in 2004 as a peak agency, provides vital advocacy, representational and capacity building roles for the community managed mental health sector in the ACT. This sector covers the range of non-government organisations that offer recovery, early intervention, prevention, health promotion and community support services for people with a mental illness.
To find out more about MHCC ACT or to subscribe to our e-bulletin for regular sector updates, email email@example.com
- Media Release - Mental Health Service Gaps Cost the ACT Community
- MHCC ACT budget submission 2014-2015
- MHCC ACT Conference - 4th and 5th June 2014
- Changing the Services Landscape - Call for Abstracts
- MHCC ACT Quarterly Community Forum - Law, Representation and Rights
- MHCC response to exposure draft Mental Health Act
- MHCC Sector Development Workshops - Report
- MHCC ACT Strategic Plan 2012-2016
- MHCC ACT Position Statement – A smoke-free policy in ACT MH facilities
- Membership 2013- 2014
- December 2013 - January 2014 Training and Professional Development Calendar
- Comorbidity Bus Tours
- Standards and Performance Pathways portal
Media Release - Mental Health Service Gaps Cost the ACT Community
MHCC ACT budget submission 2014-2015
Real ACT Government savings through innovative community mental health investment
The Mental Health sector incorporating both clinical and community services in the ACT is experiencing rapid change. This is the result of the implementation of mental health-specific local and national policy agendas.
At the local level, the ACT’s mental health services have entered a period of review as a consequence of the recommendations of the Review of the Community Sector (2011), the expiration of the Mental Health Services Plan 2009-2014 and its related documents. Additionally, the Review of the Mental Health (Treatment & Care) Act of 1994 is expected to be introduced in 2014, influencing the way the clinical services relate to people with a lived experience of mental illness, their carers and the wider mental health services sector.
WARNING: Mental Health Service Gaps are expensive to the ACT Community.
In the changing policy and service environment, identification of existing gaps in mental health service delivery and the potential for service gaps to develop, is considered critical for the ACT Government. Failure to recognise and ameliorate service and support gaps may result in a possible increase in the number of mental health consumers experiencing an acute crisis in the community and adding to the number of people entering the public mental health system.
The ACT Government can deliver significant savings to the ACT community through a commitment to supporting the development of innovative partnerships between clinical and community based mental health promotion, prevention and early intervention services. The following five critical priority areas were identified in extensive consultations with the ACTs mental health services:
Critical Priority 1: Extend Crisis and Support Services
Critical Priority 2: Enhance access to Advocacy and Legal supports
Critical Priority 3: Allocate Housing and Accommodation Infrastructure
Critical Priority 4: Expand mental health services for vulnerable groups
Critical Priority 5: Invest in the Mental Health Sector workforce.
The ACTs community managed mental health services are well placed, highly regarded and are prepared to deliver the range of services. MHCC ACT urges investment in the enhancement of the ACT’s clinical and community mental health sectors. In addition to the identification of the Critical Priorities, sixteen (16) specific recommendations were developed by the sector.
MHCC ACT Conference - 4th and 5th June 2014
Changing the Services Landscape - Call for Abstracts
- Co-design & Collaboration
- National Disability Insurance Scheme
- Peer Work
- Sector Leadership
- E-health and Online Mental Health Supports
- Proposal text must be in Arial, 10pt font, single-spaced and left aligned.
- Your proposal text should be no more than 300 words, including references.
- Use standard abbreviations only. Within the body of the proposal, when using abbreviations spell out the name in full at the first mention and follow with the abbreviation in parenthesis. Abbreviations may be used in the title, provided the name in full is outlined in the body of the proposal.
- Discussion and debate around the potential implications of the impending policy and practice change
- Experienced-based information and knowledge sharing
- Practical strategies and tools to enable people with a lived experience and carers of people with a lived experience of mental illness to fully grasp and incorporate the possibilities of choice and control in terms of living a good life.
- Practical strategies and frameworks that enable mental health service providers to not only manage the change, but improve service delivery and grow through it.
- Discussion groups
- Personal story
- Snap shot (10min max)
- Relevance to theme
- Clarity of submission
- Scope of presentation in relation to conference attendees
MHCC ACT Quarterly Community Forum - Law, Representation and Rights
Update on the review of the Mental Health (Treatment and Care) ACT 1994;
Secure Mental Health Unit: Model of Care
ACT Legal Aid & ACTLAF
ACT Human Rights Commission
MHCC response to exposure draft Mental Health Act
MHCC Sector Development Workshops - Report
MHCC ACT Strategic Plan 2012-2016
The Strategic Plan outlines five areas of focus for MHCC ACT for the next four years:
1. Empowerment of the ACT Community Mental Health Sector
2. Quality person-centred care services for people with lived experience
3. An integrated, sustainable mental health sector
4. Awareness and understanding
5. Organisational sustainability
Plan inform MHCC ACT staff workplans and MHCC ACT will be continuingly reporting on progress against those goals to the MHCC ACT Board.
MHCC ACT Position Statement – A smoke-free policy in ACT MH facilities
ACT Health Directorate has decided to introduce a smoke-free policy across mental health facilities in the ACT. Mental Health Community Coalition ACT recognises that there are valid arguments both in favour of and against introducing smoke-free policies in mental health facilities. These include an important responsibility to protect staff and patients from the adverse effects of smoking and the likelihood that a smoking ban will decrease the number of people with mental illness seeking voluntary admission to an inpatient MH facility.
MHCC ACT recommends delaying the introduction of the smoke-free policy in ACT MH facilities to allow adequate time for preparation for the introduction of the policy and to ensure that the welfare and wellbeing of affected consumers is at the centre of all considerations of the implementation of the smoke-free policy.
Information on the proposed smoke-free policy across mental health facilities in the ACT was presented at a forum co-sponsored by MHCC ACt and ACT Health Directorate. This forum heard both ACT Health Directorate and consumer advocate perspectives. There was also a presentation by Senior Lecturer, Flinders University, Sharon Lawn of some of the research evidence on implementation of smoke-free policies in inpatient mental health facilities.
To see the forum flyer click HERE .
To see Sharon Lawn’s presentation click HERE
To see the ACT Health Directorate presentation click HERE
To see MHCC ACT notes from the forum click HERE
To see alternative notes from the forum click HERE
Membership 2013- 2014
We would like to invite you to renew your membership for the 2013-14 financial year.
Please complete and return the form to Sophie via fax on 6249 7801, email firstname.lastname@example.org or by dropping in to our office.
December 2013 - January 2014 Training and Professional Development CalendarThe Training and Professional Development Calendar is produced bimonthly by the Youth Coalition of the ACT in partnership with the Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Association ACT (ATODA) and the Mental Health Community Coalition (MHCC) ACT.
The Training Calendar provides training and professional development opportunities for workers in the youth, alcohol and other drug, mental health, family support and community sectors. This calendar has an average distribution of over 400 in the ACT and surrounding areas to workers in these fields.
The next Training Calendar will be for February – March 2014. To include your training in this calendar, email email@example.com or call MHCC ACT on (02) 6249 7756 to provide the following details:
- Name of training / course
- Date(s) of training / course
- Contact person / phone number / email addresses for RSVP
- Cost of training / course
Paper copies of the Training and Professional Development Calendar are available at the MHCC ACT office.
Comorbidity Bus Tours
- Karralika Therapeutic Community, Karralika Programs Inc.
- DIRECTIONS ACT
- Adult Mental Health Inpatient Unit, Mental Health Services
- Crisis Assessment and Treatment Team (CATT), Mental Health Services
- Opioid Treatment Service, Alcohol and Drug Services
- Withdrawal Unit, Alcohol and Drug Services
- Canberra Recovery Services, Salvation Army
- Winnunga Nimmityjah Aboriginal Health Service
- National Drugs Sector Information Service, Alcohol and other Drugs Council of Australia (ADCA)
- Alcohol Tobacco and Other Drug Association ACT (ATODA)
- Brian Hennessy Rehabilitation Centre, Mental Health Services
- Arcadia House, DIRECTIONS ACT
- Calvary Inpatient Unit (Ward 2N), Calvary Hospital
- Lesley's Place, Toora Women Inc.
- Step Up Step Down Program, Mental Illness Fellowship Victoria
- Alcohol and Drug Services, Health Directorate
- Canberra Alliance for Harm Minimimsation and Advocacy (CAHMA)
- The Connection
- ACT Mental Health Consumer Network
- Mental Health Community Coalition ACT
- Women's Information, Resources and Education on Drugs and Dependency (WIREDD), Toora Women Inc.
- CAN Program, Richmond Fellowship of the ACT
- The Rainbow, Mental Health Foundation
- Youth Coalition of the ACT
- PALM Program, Ted Noffs Foundation
- STEPS, CatholicCare Canberra and Goulburn
- headspace ACT
- The Cottage, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service
- Gugan Gulwan Youth Aboriginal Corporation
- Sobering Up Shelter, CatholicCare Canberra and Goulburn
- Court Alcohol and Drug Assessment Service (CADAS), Alcohol and Drug Services
- Needle and Syringe Vending Machine
- CALM Program, Ted Noffs Foundation
- Junction Youth Health Service, Anglicare ACT
- $50 - Participants from agencies who are members of ATODA, MHCC ACT or the Youth Coalition, or staff members of a service visited on the bus tour
- $60 - Participants from non-member, non-government organisations
- $70 - Government workers (except those from a service visited on the bus tour)
Standards and Performance Pathways portal
ACT Community Mental Health Sector group subscription
MHCC ACT and BNG NGO Services Online are partnering to provide a subsidised group subscription to this valuable online service to MHCC ACT members. The Standards and Performance Pathways (SPP) is a new product of BNG NGO Services Online and is an integrated online system for the completion of self-assessments, quality improvement and compliance activities related to service and quality standards, including the National Standards for Mental Health Services.
The Standards and Performance Pathways was developed to provide NGOs with an easy, electronic system for completing standards assessments, supported by resources to enable them to complete improvement tasks, and, through its comprehensive cross referencing, a way of completing multiple sets of standards through a single assessment process.
Where NGOs have a single set of standards, SPP provides a simple to use online interactive tool, guiding and resourcing organisations through this process, tracking progress and collating evidence for reporting.
The Standards and Performance Pathways will support ACT Community Mental Health Sector organisations to transition to reporting on the National Standards for Mental Health Services in six monthly contract reports, as required by the ACT MH Policy Unit from July 2013, and provides tools and resources for quality improvement related to the Standards.
For more information on the group subscription CLICK HERE to view SPP Information for MHCC ACT members
For more information on Standards and Performance Pathways CLICK HERE to view SPP Information Sheet
To register to take advantage of this great SPP portal group membership offer go to the online registration form (note: this is a link to an external website): CLICK here SPP Online Registration Portal
For more information on the National Standards for Mental Health Services and MHCC ACT services, please contact MHCC ACT on ph: 6249 7756 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org