Psychosocial Support Services (PSS)
In partnership with Launch Housing, Ermha provides psychosocial support services to people living with severe mental illness in the south eastern region of Melbourne. These supports are intended to address the needs of people who have a severe mental illness which impacts on their associated psychosocial functional capacity, but are not eligible for the NDIS.
Psychosocial Support Services (PSS) describes the type of services Ermha delivers via two new programs:
- The National Psychosocial Support (NPS) Measure is a less intense short term service to build psychosocial functional capacity to address individual needs, and complements clinical mental health and broader physical health and social support. The focus is on building capacity and connectedness at times when most needed, rather than providing ongoing support. NPS services can be delivered through individual and group based interventions.
- Ermha also delivers Continuity of Support (CoS) which is specifically for consumers who were receiving supports under the Partners in Recovery (PIR), Personal Helpers and Mentors (PHaMs) and Day to Day Living (D2DL) programs as at 30 June 2019 and are not eligible for the NDIS.
Who is eligible?
- Individuals living with severe mental illness in the south eastern region of Melbourne, and who are not eligible for support through the NDIS; and
- are expected to benefit from the provision of psychosocial supports; and
- are not accessing state funded Mental Health Community Support Services (MHCSS)
How can people be referred?
Individuals can refer themselves to the program, or with consent they can be referred by GPs and other clinicians, family and friends, or other workers assisting the individual.