On the 10th September 2017, Forensicare commenced the management of the Forensic Mental Health (FMH) Services at Port Phillip Prison.
Our key service areas at Port Phillip Prison comprise of:
- a 30 bed Recovery and Rehabilitation Unit
- Forensic Mental Health Outpatient Services
- clinical responsibility, risk assessment and clinical intervention to patients in the three observation cells located within the Recovery and Rehabilitation unit; and
- “At Risk” assessments (performed overnight)
St Paul’s Recovery and Rehabilitation Unit
The St Paul’s Unit is a 30-bed specialist unit providing a recovery and rehabilitation program to adult men with significant mental health issues. The service is underpinned by a recovery orientated approach using a case-management model. Each patient’s rehabilitation program is individually tailored in collaboration with the patient and appropriately paced according to their needs.
The unit supports prisoners with mental health issues who require additional support in managing their mental health and daily living skills. It also assists prisoners through a range of therapeutic programs and interventions aimed at increasing functional independence, relapse prevention and reintegration into the community or general units. Programs are delivered in both group and individual formats depending on individual recovery goals.
A multidisciplinary team provides clinical and Recovery support and intervention to the patients.
Forensic Mental Health Outpatients Service
The FMH Outpatient Services provides secondary consultations to patients with a mental illness or suspected mental illness within Port Phillip Prison. Consultations aid diagnosis, provide specialist advice regarding the patient’s treatment and care planning and prevent admissions to an FMH bed based service.
The FMH Outpatients Service also provides post discharge follow up for prisoners who have recently been discharged from a FMH bed based service.