The Adult Community Mental Health Team (CMHT) is funded by the Ministry of Health, under the National Mental Health Blueprint. The primary aim of the CMHT service is to maintain adult persons (18 to 65 years old) with mental illness in the community for as long as possible, thus reducing hospital readmissions and length of stay. The CMHT is a multidisciplinary team (consisting of psychiatrists, psychologists, occupational therapists, medical officers, medical social workers, community psychiatric nurses and counsellors). It provides the following services:
Assertive Care Management
(psycho-social rehabilitation of patients who are high users of inpatient services)
This team provides community-based treatment to IMH patients with severe and persistent psychiatric illnesses (such as schizophrenia, delusional disorder and manic-depressive psychosis), so that they may continue to live in the community whilst working towards recovery.
CMHT provides personalised service and the intensity of their visits will depend on the needs of each patient. The team is mobile and will, mostly, treat patients at their homes.
Standard Care Management (medication compliance and psycho-education)
Mobile Crisis Team
(via Helpline and home visit intervention, so as to reduce the impact of mental health emergencies through immediate response to crisis at a community level)
IMH patients and their caregivers in crisis situations can call a Mobile Crisis Helpline for help. The helpline puts them through to a qualified counsellor for immediate assistance and advice. A risk assessment of the situation, current support system and resources will be conducted by the counsellor. In critical situations, the Mobile Crisis Team will be activated to conduct a home visit for IMH patients.
Community Psychiatric Nursing Service
A team of Community Psychiatric Nurses helps to provide continuity of care for discharged patients in their own homes. This team counsels patients to comply with their medication and provides psychological support to caregivers. During home visits, the Community Psychiatric Nurse assesses the mental state of the patient and observes for any therapeutic or side effects of medications. Any feedback received from the patient is shared with their caregivers to help them with their care management. This service is for patients of all age groups.
The CMHT supports our patients in the community by networking with the community partners, such as the Family Service Centres, police and Voluntary Welfare Organisations, etc. The aims of the networking session are:
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