Mental Health and
CESPHN’s mental health planning and commissioning of services is founded upon a stepped care approach. Stepped care aims to match a person presenting to the health system with the least intensive level of care that most suits their current treatment need, with the ability to monitor treatment experiences and outcomes to enable a step up or down in treatment intensity as necessary.
We commission services based on the mental health priority needs of the population in our region. Services currently commissioned by CESPHN within each of the five IAR Levels of Care are listed below.
Psychosocial/ Support Services
IAR Level 1: Self-management
Evidence based digital interventions and other forms of self-help.
IAR Level 2: Low intensity services
Services that can be accessed quickly & easily and include group work, phone & online interventions and involve few or short sessions.
IAR Level 3: Moderate intensity services
Moderate intensity, structured and reasonably frequent interventions (e.g., psychological interventions)
IAR Level 4: High intensity services
Periods of intensive intervention, typically, multidisciplinary support, psychological interventions, psychiatric interventions, and care coordination.
IAR Level 5: Specialist and Acute Community Mental Health Services
Specialist assessment and intensive interventions (typically, state/territory mental health services) with involvement from a range of mental health professionals.