Neami National has been nominated as the new consortium lead for the Central Adelaide and Hills Partners in Recovery (CAHPIR) Program from 1 July 2015. This follows the Federal Government’s decision to replace Medicare Locals with Primary Health Networks and to put in place transitional lead agency arrangements for the remaining 12 months of the 48 Partners in Recovery programs across Australia.
Partners in Recovery provides tailored support for people with complex needs who would otherwise not be able to access the range of health and other services they need to improve their health and wellbeing. You can read more about Partners in Recovery here.
The ongoing Central Adelaide and Hills Partners in Recovery consortium will comprise United Care Wesley Bowden (UCWB) , MIND Australia, United Care Wesley Port Adelaide (UCWPA), Mental Illness fellowship of SA (MIFSA), Life Without Barriers and Mission Australia. The consortium has led many achievement’s over the past two years of the program and this will facilitate a smooth lead agency transition, uninterrupted services and a continued sector reform agenda over the coming year.
As new lead agency and as an independent facilitator of the consortium, Neami will no longer employ Support Facilitators into the future. Neami's PIR Support Facilitators have now transitioned to other consortium agencies and will continue working within the consortium. The PIR management group, including the PIR Manager, Coordinators and Peer Specialist have transitioned from Medicare Local to Neami National.
Neami CEO Arthur Papakotsias said he was excited for Neami National to take on the lead agency role and were committed to providing continuity to the program.
‘The Central Adelaide and Hills Medicare Local have run a very effective program and we want to see this continue into the future. Service consumers will not experience any changes to the support they receive and consortium members and service partners will see a smooth transition from 1 July. Hand in hand with providing certainty, we will be looking for opportunities to strengthen PIR sector reform and support the best possible consumer outcomes.
‘Neami National is a member of 11 Partners in Recovery consortiums across Australia so we are well placed to carry out this role for the remaining 12 months of funding that has been guaranteed to the program. Beyond 30 June 2016, we will await news from the Federal Government regarding the future of this program.'
People can contact Central Adelaide and Hills Partners in Recovery on 1800 894 448 or at CAHPIR@neaminational.org.au