Assisting long-term patients to live in the community

The Pathways to Community Living Initiative was established as part of the Government’s commitment to strengthen mental health care in NSW by developing effective community-based residential care and support options for people experiencing long stays in mental health inpatient units.

Everyone has the right to live in a community setting

  • Evidence shows that people with enduring and severe and persistent mental illness can experience better quality of life and improved social and health outcomes by living in the community.
  • Mental health care in hospital will always be available for people who require hospital level clinical and disability support.
  • Each person will participate in a supportive and comprehensive assessment to help determine their appropriate level of care.
  • They will be supported to move into a community setting only when it is right for them.

Over the coming years, staff will be working with each and every person, their families and carers (as appropriate) to create a plan based on their individual strengths, needs and wishes, as well as those of their families.

  • Transition to community living will be guided by each person’s particular strengths and needs and will be supported with tailored housing, clinical care and psychosocial support. This work will be undertaken over the next three to five years.
  • New community residential and other service options will be designed for people currently receiving long-term hospital care in non-acute and acute units in NSW.
Page Updated: Thursday 22 November 2018
Contact page owner: Mental Health Branch