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Implementation Guidelines for Non-Government Community Services

Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing Country Resources Mental Health Service Standards Australia 31 December 2010 Guidelines community services

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This implementation guide has been developed to help non-government providers of community mental health services across Australia to understand the National Standards for Mental Health services (National Standards) and to assist them in implementing them.

Section 1 is the introduction. It provides an overview to the history of standards for mental health service delivery in Australia, and the development of the revised National Standards.

Section 2 discusses each standard and its associated criteria from the perspective of the non government community mental health sector. The National Standards and their associated criteria are designed for the whole of the mental health service system; however, for the non-government community mental health sector, some of the criteria may not apply and others may apply to only some service types.

Section 3 addresses the practical issues of implementation—who needs to be involved, what must be done and how it might be done.

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