Subacute services provide transitional treatment and rehabilitation to minimise the need for hospitalisation.

They promote independence and quality of life for people with a mental illness at a crucial point of recovery or relapse.

Prevention and recovery care (PARC) services are subacute, in that they provide a step up from a person’s home or a step down from an acute inpatient unit.

Other subacute services include community care units and secure extended care units.

These units provide treatment and rehabilitation to people who cannot be supported in less intensive or restrictive community settings.