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The 2016-17 Victorian State Budget will enable the delivery of the Families where a Parent has a Mental Illness (FaPMI) program to be expanded across the state via Victoria’s adult mental health services.

Find out more about current FaPMI-related activities happening in your region. Contact your local FaPMI coordinator or Rose Cuff.

About the FaPMI program

The FaPMI program was launched as a service development strategy in 2007 by the Department of Health, Mental Health Branch, following increased recognition of the impact of mental illness on parents and other family members, particularly dependent children. Whilst the program has undergone changes since then, the aim remains the same - to reduce the impact of parental mental illness on all family members through timely, coordinated, preventative and supportive action within adult mental health services. Read more about the program in the guidelines developed by the Mental Health Branch, Health Service Performance and Programs Division.

Implementation of the FaPMI Strategy

Specialist public mental health services and networked partner services are expected to put in place structures and processes that support the implementation of the FaPMI program. Activities undertaken in service of the key objectives of the program vary by Victorian Health and Human Service catchment area.

Coordination and advisory structures in place to assist with the implementation of the strategy include:

  • Local FaPMI coordinators
  • A statewide coordinator, established at The Bouverie Centre, La Trobe University, who oversees the program across sectors and services.

FaPMI Coordinators – Local support for your service

FaPMI coordinators champion and organise activities within the catchment area of their employing service. They work closely with mental health services and network partners1 to develop a service provision that best reflects the needs of the region. Whilst they do not provide direct clinical care, as part of their role FaPMI coordinators offer:

  • Secondary and tertiary consultation / joint work
  • Education and workforce development
  • Resources for practitioners, organisations and  families
  • Input into service and workforce development, policy and planning
  • Program development and implementation
  • Promotion of integration of family focused work into core practice
  • Coordination of partnerships and networks to deliver collaborative care. 

They also support specific peer programs such as:

  • Space4Us  – a peer support program for young people aged 12 to 18 years who have a parent and/or sibling with a mental illness. Facilitator training now available. 
  • CHAMPS – a peer support program for children aged 8 to 12 years who have a parent with a mental illness.  (Contact Rose Cuff or your local FaPMI coordinator for more information)
  • SKIPS (Supporting Kids in Primary Schools) – a mental health promotion program for primary schools about FaPMI. (Contact Rose Cuff or your local FaPMI coordinator for more information)

1 Network partners of specialist mental health services include, for example, local community agencies, maternity services, primary care and community health services, universal and targeted early years services, child and family support services, school nurses and student wellbeing and support staff, youth services, forensic, emergency services, housing and drug and alcohol services.

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