The intensive community treatment (ICT) program in aged persons mental health (APMH) services is an alternative to acute inpatient beds.
The program aims to:
- provide older people with an alternative treatment setting to hospitalisation during an acute phase of their mental illness, and prevent hospitalisation where possible
- provide intensive treatment in the older person’s home during an acute phase of a mental illness, when the person and their family or carer expresses this wish
- minimise the length of stay in an inpatient unit by providing ICT during an acute episode of illness.
The program’s target group includes:
- older people whose acute treatment for their mental illness can be delivered safely in their home as an alternative to being admitted to an aged persons mental health acute bed
- older people who have family or other carer supports available for the period of treatment
- older people whose length of stay in hospital can be minimised through intensive treatment at home.
These services are not available in all catchments.