The Credentialed Mental Health Nurse Service (CMHNS) CMHNS provides interventions and care coordination for people with severe and complex mental illness, that significantly impacts their day-to-day life.
What is the CMHNS?
The CMHNSCMHNS is a free Program program that supports people living with a severe and complex mental illness. The Program provides:
- Regular reviewing of your mental health and recovery goals.
- Care coordination of clinical services and other relevant mental health support services.
- Ongoing contribution to your planning and care.
- Therapies such as Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Strengths Based Therapy, mindfulness and motivational interviewing.
- Administration and monitoring of medications.
- Liaison with your family and friends if you wish for them to be involved in your care.
- Information on physical health care, including assessment and management if you are at risk of metabolic syndrome.
- General health and wellbeing education.
Who can access the CMHNS?
The Credentialed Mental Health Nurse Service is for people 15 years and over (or 12 years if receiving services from a headspace centre) living, working or studying in South Western Sydney who;
- Have been diagnosed with a severe and complex mental illness or have had symptoms for a long period which impacts their day to day functioning, and;
- Are impacted significantly in their social, personal and work life as a result of their mental illness, and;
- Have been to hospital at least once for treatment of their mental illness, or are at risk of needing hospitalisation in the future, and;
- Are expected to need ongoing treatment and support over the next 1-2 years.
How to refer the CMHNS
A GP or other mental health professionals and services can refer to the CMHNS by completing an SWSPHN Mental Health referral form, choosing from the options below.
- Online SWSPHN Mental Health Referral Form – RediCASE website
- Visit the Forms and Templates page on this website to download a referral form for MedicalDirector, Best Practice or PDF/Word. Fax the completed referral form to 4623 1796.
A Mental Health Treatment Plan is required within the first four session hours.