Foundations Mental Health Support (previously MyCare)
Nationally accredited, intensive tailored and flexible mental health support.
Foundations (previously MyCare) is a Tasmanian state-wide, psychosocial recovery-based program run by Baptcare in partnership with the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). It offers tailored packages of care to people with severe and persistent mental health conditions who are case managed through DHHS Mental Health Services (MHS).
Foundations provides an outreach service for people between 18-64 years of age who do not require 24-hour support. Due to the effects of their illness they have:difficulty in daily functioning; frequent presentations to MHS; and/or frequent and/or lengthy inpatient admissions.
Foundations Program Outcomes
Foundations works one-on-one with individuals to promote recovery and identify barriers that are preventing their progress, recovery or participation in life. The program offers wrap-around‚ intensive support to help individuals to:
- find and keep accommodation
- foster independent living skills
- improve social functioning
- improve their overall social and emotional well-being
- connect to the community
- increase independence
- remain well and prevent relapse.
The program is person-centred and strengths-focused, with individuals receiving care tailored to their specific needs, goals and situation. Foundations promotes recovery and is provided with flexibility, equity and efficiency – engaging not only the individuals but also their families, carers, their community and MHS.
Foundations is a a collaborative, wrap around approach that focuses on the individual’s goals and needs
- Referral to the Foundations program is through MHS Case Management.
- People can be re-referred to Foundations if required.
- Foundations works in collaboration with the individual and their MHS Case Manager, focusing on their goals.
- The program generally runs for a period of 3-18 months depending on need and recovery.
- Hours and support resources can be changed to meet the specific, and changing needs of individuals.
Foundations is supported by the Department of Health and Human Services and the Tasmanian Government.
Foundations assists and encourages individuals to have more control in their life by identifying services that will ‘wrap around’ them to help meet their particular needs – supporting them towards their recovery goals.
There is collaboration at all points throughout an individual’s engagement with Foundations. The individual, MHS Case Manager and the Foundations Care Coordinator have regular contact, planning and review of goal progress every 13 weeks.
The program promotes the continued wellbeing of the individuals. Part of this is the development of a strong relationship between the Foundations Care Coordinator and the individual. This also provides the opportunity for identification and early intervention with symptoms if they re-emerge.
“The Foundations program is wonderful and they support the clients so well, unlike any other program.
When Foundations was in its early stages we thought here is another program, how long will it last and will it deliver. We are so pleased to say the program is great and the clients are so well supported once they leave our facility. Foundations workers are amazing with the clients and they do all the work supporting clients that we are unable to do. The program and the workers are a credit to Baptcare, and the respect they show for clients. We are all very happy Foundations is available to refer vulnerable clients to.Mental Health Services Case Manager, North Tasmania.
Acceptance and understanding
Every individual experiences their mental health differently.
Foundations offers a safe place for each individual to be heard and feel valued, and to find purpose and connection within their community. Every individual experiences their mental health differently. The Foundations team work with people experiencing chronic anxiety, schizophrenia, depression, bipolar disorder, issues of hoarding and squalor, borderline personality disorders, as well as additional issues of intellectual disability, or drug and alcohol use. The Foundations team provides understanding and support that accommodates these complexities of mental health, as well as the barriers in people’s lives.
Foundations management understand the complex nature of the work that staff do and demonstrate a commitment to supporting and caring for the wellbeing of workers.Dr Margaret E Hughes
Our team come from a diverse range of backgrounds, professions and lived experiences.
Foundations Care Coordinators work one-on- one with the individual for up to 18 months and review progress against goals every 13 weeks. During the goal period, the practitioner may also provide support with:
- safety and wellness planning
- service coordination
- community integration
- liaison with MHS Case Managers
- stress reduction techniques
Bec* spent her days at home, in her room, knowing she wanted more from life
When Foundations started working with Bec* she had been diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder, was living at home with her parents and had frequent bouts of hospitalisation following severe episodes of self-harm.
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