The Mental Health Coalition of South Australia welcomes news that South Australia’s new Urgent Mental Health Care Centre will be delivered by local community mental health service provider NEAMI with RI International.

This much needed centre is the first of its kind in Australia while similar models have been operating for a number of years in the United States.

It will provide a high quality alternative to the Emergency Department and  has been developed based on strong feedback from the experiences of people with mental illness and their families as well as clinicians.

 Being delivered as part of the South Australia’s 2020-2025 Mental Health Services Plan it also links crisis care with suicide prevention strategies.

This world class model of care  will include 50% peer workers on every shift, people will not be isolated in cubicles with private lounge type rooms created for interviewing and delivery of support. A very different design to the experiences of current Emergency Departments.

Geoff Harris, Executive Director, Mental Health Coalition of SA said: “The successful bidders are the not-for-profits Neami and RI International. Neami have been delivering specialist mental health services in SA for 18 years and are one of the largest specialist mental health service providers in Australia.  RI International has a strong track record of delivering this kind of service in several states of the USA  and will be responsible for assisting Neami to implement the model in SA.

“The lived experience of people living with mental illness has informed this model of mental health care and we are one step closer to providing them with the much needed mental health care they have been asking for for many years.”

You can read the full news release from NEAMI National here.