Partners in Recovery Tamworth

Thu Jul 4, 2013

LANDMARK MENTAL ILLNESS SUPPORT COORDINATION PROGRAM FOR NEW ENGLAND / TAMWORTH ‘PARTNERS IN RECOVERY

People with a severe and persistent mental illness in Tamworth and across New England will benefit under a landmark plan ensuring better cohesion between local service and support providers.

RichmondPRA has been selected as the lead agency to deliver New England’s Partners in Recovery (PIR) program.

Funded by the Commonwealth Government, the 5.2 million dollar local PIR program will run from July 2013 to July 2016.

PIR helps people living with severe and persistent mental illnesses such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and depression.

Under the arrangement, RichmondPRA will partner with seven other local agencies spread across the region to coordinate holistic and seamless ‘wrap-around’ services for people living with a mental illness.

This enables offerings of multiple agencies to be tailor-made for individuals, meaning recovery action plans can be coordinated and progressed in the most efficient and effective manner.

Individuals requiring complex support plans will be guided through multiple recovery journey check-points and milestones, receiving the right support at the right time.

For example, an individual with a mental illness in need of accommodation and employment services will be guided toward and connected with the most suitable services in the timeliest manner.

Importantly, families and friends of people living with a mental illness will also be guided on how to provide recovery-focussed stability and support for loved ones.

The consortium partners working with RichmondPRA to deliver the New England PIR program are Anglicare, Billabong Clubhouse, The Benevolent Society, Challenge Community Services, North West Regional Community Care, Eastern Access Community Health (EACH) Social and Community Health and Yaraandoo.

12 people will be employed across the consortium, three by RichmondPRA and nine by the other consortium members.

RichmondPRA CEO Pamela Rutledge said PIR will make an extraordinary difference to people with a lived experience of mental illness in the region.

“This program coordinates and streamlines existing resources to match the needs of individuals in Tamworth and across New England,” Ms Rutledge said.

“The mental illness recovery journey can be confusing and difficult when people are left to navigate their way through multiple organisations and networks. In some instances, people give up and abandon their recovery journey.

“It’s essential that the capabilities of multiple support organisations are tapped into and coordinated so that people seeking help get the best benefits from start to finish.

“Partners in Recovery ensures that all bases of an individual’s mental illness recovery journey are covered.”

RichmondPRA added that the arrival of PIR in New England was timely, given the results of a recent survey indicating that a lack of coordination between mental illness services was a major recovery barrier.

Commissioned by RichmondPRA and conducted by the Starfish Enterprises, the Partners in Recovery Service Mapping Survey Report shows that of 73 local services available for people with a mental illness, 96 per cent identified poor coordination as a problem.

“Support providers need to be smarter and more collaborative when it comes to helping people who struggle with a mental illness,” Ms Rutledge said.

“It’s possible to do so much more through better communication and coordination.

“This is why Partners in Recovery is such a breakthrough initiative.”

  • In Tamworth, PIR services will be coordinated by RichmondPRA and delivered by Billabong Clubhouse and Anglicare Northern Inland.
  • In Armidale, PIR services will be coordinated by RichmondPRA and delivered by EACH Social and Community Health and Yaraandoo.
  • In Moree, PIR services will be coordinated by RichmondPRA and delivered by Anglicare Northern Inland, with additional service delivery coming from RichmondPRA.
  • In Narrabri, PIR services will be coordinated by RichmondPRA and delivered by Challenge Disability Services and North West Regional Community care.
  • In Gunnedah, PIR services will be coordinated by RichmondPRA and delivered by North West Regional Community care and Billabong Club.
  • In Inverell, PIR services will be coordinated by RichmondPRA and delivered by The Benevolent Society.
  • In Glen Innes, PIR services will be coordinated by RichmondPRA and delivered by EACH Social and Community Health.
  • In Tenterfield, PIR services will be coordinated by RichmondPRA and delivered by The Benevolent Society.

RichmondPRA is a not-for-profit organisation providing recovery focussed support programs, accommodation and hope for people with a mental illness in New South Wales and Queensland. Advocating community-based assistance, it is a leading mental health support provider that has been in operation for more than 55 years.

Media enquiries: Matthew Watson, 0417 691 884