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Mental illness services - residential care

Summary

A wide range of public mental health services is available for people of all ages. Residential care services can provide short-term or long-term beds, and offer treatment and support to people who are experiencing a serious mental illness. These services can be offered in hospitals or other residential care facilities.

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A wide range of public mental health services is available for people of all ages. Residential care services can provide short-term or long-term beds, and offer treatment and support to people who are experiencing a serious mental illness. These services can be offered in hospitals or other residential care facilities.

Short-term residential care for people experiencing mental illness


Sometimes, people with a mental illness need short-term care in a hospital or residential care facility. These ‘acute inpatient units’ provide a bed with short-term treatment for people who have been referred by a community mental health service.

Secure and extended residential care for people experiencing mental illness


Secure treatment in a residential care facility can be provided for people with serious, enduring mental illness and associated behavioural disturbance. Sometimes people in this situation need an extended period of treatment and rehabilitation in a contained environment.

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Community care units provide clinical treatment for people with a serious mental illness and major psychosocial disabilities. The services help people learn and reinforce everyday skills that are needed to live in the community.

Residential rehabilitation services for people experiencing mental illness


Residential rehabilitation services help people with a serious mental illness and associated disabilities learn and reinforce everyday skills that are needed to live successfully in the community.

Services for older people experiencing mental illness


Aged persons mental health residential services care for older people with a mental illness. The facilities are designed to have a home-like atmosphere and residents can participate in a range of activities.

Where to get help

  • Your doctor
  • The community mental health centre in your area
  • Your local hospital (outside of normal business hours).

Things to remember

  • A number of residential care options are available for people with a mental illness.
  • Services with short-term and long-term beds offer treatment in hospitals and other types of residential care facilities
  • Residential care for people experiencing mental illness is available for children, teenagers, adults and older people.

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Last reviewed: February 2012

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A wide range of public mental health services is available for people of all ages. Residential care services can provide short-term or long-term beds, and offer treatment and support to people who are experiencing a serious mental illness. These services can be offered in hospitals or other residential care facilities.



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