Aims of FaPMI Strategy

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The overall aim of the FaPMI Strategy is to reduce the impact of parental mental illness on all family members through timely, coordinated, preventative and supportive action. It is anticipated that this will deliver greater opportunities and more positive outcomes for all family members. 

The strategy is underpinned by three service development objectives:

1.  To increase the capacity of specialist mental health services (clinical and psychiatric disability rehabilitation and support services – PDRSS) to provide a family focused response to the parenting needs of their clients and the needs of their clients’ children, so that:

  • Parents who have a mental illness are able to access mental health services for treatment and rehabilitation that are also mindful of their parenting role
  • Dependent children and young people whose parent has a mental illness will have their needs recognised by their parent’s mental health service and in doing so, will have their own mental health optimised

2. To increase the capacity of specialist mental health service network partners 1 to recognise and respond appropriately to parental mental illness, to ensure that:

  • Families where a parent has a mental illness will receive appropriate support to help them manage adverse circumstances and maximise each family member’s resilience

3. To establish and strengthen the capacity of networks and support structures involving mental health services and their network partners, in partnership with consumers and carers, to support the needs of all family members through collaborative approaches to service provision; so that:

  • Local policies and services are relevant to the needs of families where a parent has a mental illness
  • Families where a parent has a mental illness have appropriate access to universal and targeted services that can support their needs

1 The term network partners is defined as “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.”

The FaPMI Service Development Strategy: Background

The FaPMI Service Development Strategy was launched in 2007 and enhanced during 2008 in the context of increasing recognition of the impact of mental illness on parents and the consequences of this for their families, particularly dependent children. It is funded by the Department of Health, Division of Mental health, Drugs and Regions. The strategy was built on learnings from two Victorian pilot projects (VicChamps and PATS projects, implementation of the FaPMI strategy September 2006) as well as work undertaken by the Mental Health Branch in consultation with the Department of Health Parenting Best Bets Working Group focusing on parental mental health, and the Child Outcomes Leadership Group. These groups included representatives from the DOH programs that fund and provide a broad range of services for children, young people and families.

Download the official FaPMI strategy [PDF412kb] document from The Department of Health, Victoria.


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