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Thursday 21  September

API providers to start services soon

Five organisations will deliver new Accessible Psychological Interventions (API) services in eight of ten South Eastern Melbourne PHN local government areas.

SEMPHN will work with the following organisations:

  • EACH (Casey, Greater Dandenong)
  • Life Works (Glen Eira, Frankston)
  • FMC Mediation and Counselling Victoria (Kingston)
  • Mentis Assist (Mornington Peninsula)
  • Star Health (Port Phillip, Stonnington).

An open tender process was used to commission the services, which are funded until mid-2019.

Developed in line with mental health reform across Australia and SEMPHN’s Mental Health Stepped Care Model, APIs:

  • are flexible services to support people with mild to moderate mental illness
  • include a range of short term psychological interventions
  • are for people who have a health care card or can’t afford/access similar services
  • are especially designed for people from hard-to-reach population groups
  • can be delivered in individual, family or group formats.

API services will start from 1 November, with referrals received via SEMPHN's new Mental Health Intake.

More information about how to refer to API services will be available soon. Regular updates will also be published on the SEMPHN website and via SEMPHN’s newsletters.

SEMPHN has gone back to market via open tender for API services in Cardinia and Bayside (see below).

Tenders open for Accessible Psychological Interventions (APIs) in Bayside and Cardinia

SEMPHN is seeking organisations to deliver an Accessible Psychological Interventions (API) service in Bayside and/or Cardinia Local Government Areas (LGAs) in our catchment.

The range of interventions is in line with those available under the Commonwealth Better Access to Mental Health Care program.

APIs are replacing Access To Allied Psychological Services (ATAPS).

Key Dates

  • 20 September 2017: Tenders Open
  • 29 September 2017: Closing date for questions in Tenderlink
  • 18 October 2017: Tenders close 3pm
  • 1 February 2018: Services start

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