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Adult and elderly community services

Adult and elderly community care focusses services on individuals older than 25 years of age. The focus is on treatment outside of hospitals. 

Adult community care

Our Community Acute Care Service provides mental health care in the community to people who are: 

  • experiencing a relapse of an existing mental health issue 
  • experiencing a mental health issue or episode for the first time
  • experiencing a life crisis with self-harm or suicidal thoughts.

This service provides short term mental health care to stabilise an acute crisis to help avoid the need for hospital admission, and links people with other services.

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Community Assertive Response Team (ART)

The Community Assertive Response Team (ART) provides intensive services to people with severe and persistent mental illness and other complex issues that impact their ability to live in the community. 
This team links patients to a variety of services as needed, including: 

  • psychologists 
  • occupational therapists 
  • psychiatrists

Visits to patients can be made on a weekly basis, or more frequently, depending on the needs of the person being treated. Rehabilitation support is provided to enable people to live safely and happily within the community. 

ART can also implement and enforce a Community Treatment Order (a legal order made by the Mental Health Review Tribunal or by a Magistrate) if necessary.


Clinical Treatment & Care Coordination Team (CTCCT)

This service provides mental health care to people aged 25-64 years with chronic and persistent mental illness and complex psychosocial needs. 

We also work with people in this age group who have been diagnosed with a mental illness and are under a legal order, such as a CTO (community treatment order), Forensic order, or Section 32 of the Mental Health (Forensic Provisions) Act 1990. We take a person-centred approach by working collaboratively with the patients, carers, and other service providers to provide holistic care. 

We empower patients to plan their recovery journey and link them with appropriate services to achieve their physical, occupational, social, and spiritual health goals. 

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Adult and elderly community services (2)

Older persons community care

We provide assessment, intervention, and care coordination services to people aged 65 years and over or Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples aged 50 years and over who have developed (or are at risk of developing) a mental health condition. We also provide services for people with severe and persistent behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia (BPSD).

Our aim is to optimise the wellbeing, quality of life, and functioning of older people with mental health issues or BPSD so that they can continue to live as independently as possible, for as long as possible, in the setting of their choice.


Homeless teams

A community-based team helps homeless people with mental illness in the Parramatta, Cumberland, Blacktown and Hills Shire Local Government Areas.
The team includes: 

  • social workers
  • psychologists
  • occupational therapists
  • nurses
  • doctors
  • peer support workers

This specialist team includes interpreters for people from diverse backgrounds and the service is free.

Homeless teams