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Mental Health, Alcohol and Drug and Forensic Health Services in Tasmania
From 1 July 2013 Statewide and Mental Health Services (SMHS) have been delivered through Tasmanian Health Organisations (THOs).
Mental Health Services will be delivered by the relevant Tasmanian Health Organisation (North, North-West, South); while Alcohol and Drug Services and Forensic Health Services will be delivered on a statewide basis from the THO South.
The Mental Health, Alcohol and Drug Directorate was formed on 1 July 2013 as part of the transition of clinical services to THOs. The Directorate sits within the Department, and will work collaboratively with THOs and other key stakeholders to implement national and state strategic direction for the delivery of mental health, alcohol and drug and forensic health services.
- Mental Health Services
Mental Health Services delivers care to Tasmanians with a severe mental illness through community teams and inpatient settings. Mental Health Services also work in partnership with the community sector to deliver a range of services for people experiencing mental ill health.
- Alcohol and Drug Services
The Tasmanian Alcohol and Drug Service offers a range of treatment, information, education and community-based supports for Tasmanians affected by alcohol and drug use.
- Forensic Health Services
Forensic Health Services provides community and inpatient mental health assessment, treatment and case management for offenders (or people at risk of offending) who have a mental illness. The Forensic Health Service also provides correctional primary health services to approximately 500 prisoners accommodated within the Tasmanian prison system.
A New Mental Health Act: On 9 April 2013 new mental health legislation was passed by Tasmanian Parliament. Find out about implementation of the new Mental Health Act.