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Community Mental Health Rehabilitation Service

The Country Health SA Local Health Network Community Mental Health Rehabilitation Service is located on South Australia’s Eyre Peninsula in Whyalla.

The Community Mental Health Rehabilitation Service is an initiative of the South Australian Government. It is part of the South Australian Government’s strategy to reform mental health services and to provide a stepped model of care to country South Australians at a location closer to home.

The Service offers a safe and supported residential environment to assist people work towards independent living. The service involves people living in our residential accommodation, each housing 1-3 residents, and promotes self-managed health and positive decision-making. Specialist mental health clinicians, support workers, peer support workers, and cultural workers will produce individually tailored rehabilitation assessments and services. The program is fully supported by a team of local health professionals and other carers. The program team is available every day.

The Service supports people who may have been living independently in the community but require a more supported environment to enhance their living skills, or those who may have completed their stay in hospital and are ready for community based treatment and rehabilitation. The service is available to all country residents, not just those from Whyalla.

Service vision

To provide residential mental health rehabilitation services where individual personal growth is supported to maximise quality of life, social inclusion and prevent further disability.

Goals

  1. To deliver individualised, goal-focused rehabilitation programs that strengthen social, vocational and recreational outcomes
  2. To provide accommodation where consumers can reside and learn the skills of daily living in a supported environment with up to 10 beds
  3. To ensure productive engagement with consumers of the service and facilitate a successful transition to independent living.

Community Rehabilitation Centres (CRCs) have operated successfully in metropolitan Adelaide since 2007. Country residents will continue to have access to the metropolitan CRCs in addition to the new country-based service which is now operational.

Referrals are reviewed by a clinical assessment panel and may come from:

  • Community Mental Health Teams
  • All SA Health Mental Health Services, including acute care
  • Metropolitan CRCs
  • Glenside Inpatient Rehabilitation.

Further information

For more information about the Community Mental Health Rehabilitation Service please email CHSAMentalHealthExecutiveUnit@health.sa.gov.au or contact your local mental health service.

For careers information, please visit the SA Health Careers page.

CMHRS information brochure

The Community Mental Health Rehabilitation Service brochure (PDF 321KB) is a useful resource for anyone interested in learning more about the service, including those who may themselves, or know someone who may be interested in becoming a CMHRS resident.

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