Who is leading the change
- Department of Health and Human Services
The Victorian Government encourage and facilitate mental health, drug and alcohol and family violence services to collaborate by:
- resourcing and promoting shared casework models
- ensuring that mental health and drug and alcohol services are represented on Risk Assessment and Management Panels and other multi-agency risk management models at the local level
Better collaboration has been encouraged and facilitated across mental health, drug and alcohol and family violence services to improve coordination across the system. This work will continue on an ongoing basis as The Victorian Government strives to deliver more integrated services for people who need help. Further strengthening of this coordination is being driven through delivery of our response to Recommendation 98.
Mental health and alcohol and other drugs services are now represented on all Risk Assessment and Management Panels which have been rolled out across the state.
The promotion of shared care casework by family violence, alcohol and other drugs and mental health services is incorporated in the establishment of initial specialist family violence advisors in each of the 17 Department of Health and Human Services areas, as per Recommendation 98.
Guidelines for services that auspice the specialist family violence advisor positions include a strong focus on the promotion of collaborative practice and shared casework across the mental health, alcohol and other drugs and family violence sectors.
Resources have also been provided to peak bodies and other stakeholders in the alcohol and other drugs, mental health and family violence sectors to promote collaboration and shared models.
Ongoing implementation will include exploration of an effective relationship with our Support and Safety Hubs as they are introduced across Victoria, including pursuing new shared casework models that are integrated with broader services delivered through Hubs.
Reviewed 17 May 2020