Evaluation of a residential mental health recovery service in north Queensland

Heyeres, Marion, Kinchin, Irina, Whatley, Elise, Brophy, Lisa, Jago, Jon, Wintzloff, Tom, Morton, Tom, Mosby, Vinnitta, Gopalkrishnan, Narayan, and Tsey, Komla (2018) Evaluation of a residential mental health recovery service in north Queensland. Frontiers in Public Health, 6.

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Abstract

Background: Evidence shows that subacute mental health recovery occurs best when a person remains active within the community and fulfils meaningful and satisfying roles of their choosing. Several residential care services that incorporate these values have been established in Australia and overseas.

Aims: This study describes (a) the development of an evaluation framework for a new subacute residential mental health recovery service in regional Australia and (b) reports on the formative evaluation outcomes.

Methods: Continuous quality improvement and participatory research approaches informed all stages of the development of the evaluation framework. A program logic was established and subsequently tested for practicability. The resultant logic utilizes the Scottish Recovery Indicator 2 (SRI 2) service development tool, Individual Recovery Plans (IRPs), and the impact assessment of the service on psychiatric inpatient admissions (reported separately).

Results: Service strengths included a recovery-focused practice that identifies and addresses the basic needs of residents (consumers). The consumers of the service were encouraged to develop their own goals and self-manage their recovery plans. The staff of the service were identified as working effectively in the context of the recovery process; the staff were seen as supported and valued. Areas for improvement included more opportunities for self-management for residents and more feedback from residents and carers.

Item ID: 53190
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
Keywords: mental health, mental illness, service, recovery, community, subacute, step-up step-down
Copyright Information: This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction in other forums is permitted, provided the original author(s) and the copyright owner are credited and that the original publication in this journal is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.
ISSN: 2296-2565
Funders: Mind Australia, NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence in Integrated Quality Care
Date Deposited: 13 Aug 2018 00:33
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111714 Mental Health @ 90%
11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111718 Residential Client Care @ 10%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920410 Mental Health @ 30%
92 HEALTH > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920209 Mental Health Services @ 70%
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