Partners in Recovery has been working with people throughout Tasmania since January 2014.
Partners in Recovery (PIR) supports people with severe and persistent mental illness and complex needs. They also work with their family and friends, services and other community resources, to facilitate well-coordinated, effective support. They see people as being experts in their lives, will work with them on the matters that they see as most important, and will support them to manage their supports on this basis.
Symptoms of mental illness and experiences of powerlessness can affect people’s ability to access and manage the supports they need. A lack of understanding and acceptance in the community and service system can add further barriers.
Partners in Recovery works to resolve situations where people in our target group are ‘falling through the gaps’. They work on building stronger relationships, supporting people to better manage their resources and assisting people to actively take control of their recovery. They work flexibly and patiently with people and services, understanding that there can be barriers to effective engagement with supports.
PIR understands that people with alcohol and other drug issues may be facing exclusion or discriminatory treatment. PIR is available to supplement existing workers to assist in addressing these and other barriers to accessing needed supports. PIR supports people to self-advocate and will also advocate on their behalf at an individual, community and system level. However, they do not generally provide direct support or crisis assistance. In the case of a need for urgent assistance with a mental health condition, people should call the Mental Health Services helpline on 1800332 388, see their GP or Mental Health Case Manager, or present at the emergency department of the hospital.
PIR looks at system level issues of service availability, access and barriers, and focuses on multi-service coordination to drive better outcomes for people.
Criteria for access to the program are:
- Severe and persistent mental illness
- Complex needs requiring a coordinated response from a range of supports
- Person requires substantial support and assistance to engage with the various supports
- There are no existing, effective coordination arrangements in place
- The person is willing to participate
Anyone can make a referral to Partners in Recovery, as long as they have discussed the program with the person being referred, and the person has agreed to the referral. People can also refer themselves. A referral form can be found here.
For more information or to make a referral go to www.pirtasmania.com.au or call 1300 827 747 (1300 TASPIR).