The Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services and Queensland Health, Mental Health Services, have developed and implemented a collaborative approach to improving service delivery to people with a dual diagnosis of intellectual disability and mental illness.
The guidelines for collaboration between Queensland Health, Mental Health Services, Disability Services and funded disability services providers, were formally introduced throughout Queensland in 2003-04.
The guidelines provide a broad framework for the provision of services to people with an intellectual disability and mental illness using a cooperative, collaborative approach that focuses on the needs of the person with a dual diagnosis.
The guidelines identify points in service provision where collaborative approaches are required. They identify some principles, processes and actions for developing agreed service delivery protocols between agencies at a local level.
Adherence to the guidelines is mandatory for services provided by the department. All other disability service providers are encouraged to utilise the guidelines in supporting people with a dual diagnosis as means to:
- improve the stability and continuity of support arrangements
- increase access to individualised, timely, planned and coordinated services and supports
- increase specialist skills in supporting people with a dual diagnosis
- reduce the need for crisis driven responses.