Health Outcomes International (HOI) was engaged by the then Department of Human Services (the Department) in April 2008 to undertake an evaluation of the Intensive Community Treatment (ICT) Program – a bed substitution program for the acute psychiatric treatment of older people.
The key objectives for this evaluation were to:
- Determine whether the ICT is a feasible substitute for acute inpatient psychiatric treatment for older people;
- Provide the data and information to enable the Mental Health and Drugs Division (MH&DD) to model the demand for inpatient beds and establish appropriate numbers of substitution places to facilitate access to acute psychiatric treatment for older people into the future; and
- Make recommendations regarding future development, improvements and implementation of the bed substitution model.
Subsequent to project commencement it was determined that due to a lack of availability of consistent data the second objective was not required to be reported on as part of this evaluation.