Psychiatric Disability Rehabilitation and Support Services (PDRSS)
The non-government psychiatric disability rehabilitation and support services sector is a core component of specialist mental health services complementing clinical mental health services. PDRSS are managed by Non-Government Organisations and focus on addressing the disability associated with mental illness, the impact of mental illness on a person’s daily activities and the social disadvantage resulting from illness. They work within a recovery model to maximise people’s opportunities to live successfully in the community.
Psychiatric disability rehabilitation and support services are aimed at people with serious mental illness and associated significant psychiatric disability. Services cater primarily for people aged between 16 and 64 years. The precise eligibility criteria will depend on the type of service or program being offered. Consumers receiving case management services from the public mental health service who are referred by the service are automatically eligible for support from the PDRSS.
- for further information visit Victoria's Mental Health Services page on the Department of Health website.
Mental health service provider responsibilities
The Victorian Department of Health has a web site with more information about the responsibilities of mental health service providers.
- see the Victoria's Mental Health Services page on the Department of Health website.
The Mental Health Act
The Victorian Mental Health Act 2014 provides a legislative framework for the care, treatment and protection of people with mental illness in Victoria.
- see the Mental Health Act 2014 handbook on the Department of Health website for an overview of clinicians requirements under the Act.
Chief Psychiatrist’s Guidelines
Victoria’s Chief Psychiatrist issues clinical guidelines containing specialist advice on aspects of clinical service. These guidelines inform mental health practitioners and services about operation and clinical issues in relation to the Mental Health Act 2014 (Vic).
- see the Chief Psychiatrist’s Guidelines page on the Department of Health website.
Your organisation may be funded through multiple funding streams. Funding provided by the Victorian government may be managed through a service agreement between the relevant department and the organisation.