Psychological Therapies (formerly ATAPS)
Psychological Therapies (formerly known as Access to Allied Psychological Services – ATAPS) has been reviewed and services will now be provided by Wesley Mission Queensland and World Wellness Group.
Wesley Mission Queensland will provide intake, assessment and triage as well as Psychological Therapies Services targeted to vulnerable and/or socioeconomically disadvantaged populations.
This service will specifically focus on:
- People living in rural and remote communities
- Children under the age of 12 years, who have or are at risk of developing a mild to moderate mental illness, childhood behavioural or emotional disorders
- People experiencing, or at risk of, homelessness
- Women experiencing perinatal depression/anxiety
- People at risk of suicide or self-harm
- People who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex and Questioning
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People
- People experiencing domestic and family violence.
World Wellness Group will administer the Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) psychological therapies service including the intake, assessment and triage for corresponding referrals.
The newly commissioned Psychological Therapies Program will commence services from 23 October 2017. At this stage the referral process will not change, that is, all new referrals will be accepted on current referral forms through the Brisbane South PHN Central Intake system. These will be forwarded onto Wesley Mission Queensland or World Wellness Group to action.
Once the new services have established their Intake, Assessment and Triage systems a new referral process will be implemented. Further information on these changes will be communicated as it becomes available.
As we transition to the new commissioned model any clients already in the program who require a review of their Mental Health Treatment Plan with their GP will have the choice to continue their care under the current Psychological Therapies (formerly ATAPS) provider with sessions occurring up until 12 January 2018. Unfortunately we are unable to accept referrals under exceptional circumstances (13-18 sessions) at this point in time.
For information on alternative pathways please click on the following links:
For patients in crisis please refer to:
Lifeline 13 11 14
Kids Helpline 1800 55 1800
Suicide Call Back Service 1300 659 467
Or call your local emergency service 000
You will need to complete a Mental Health Treatment Plan and a referral form.
All mental health professionals are registered with their professional bodies to provide high quality services as part of the Psychological Therapies program.
It is noted that the primary focus of this level of service within a stepped care approach should be on people with mild to moderate mental illness who are not clinically suited to lower intensity levels of intervention, (such as self-help, digital mental health services), and who are underserviced through other arrangements, particularly the MBS.
People with severe mental illness requiring long term psychological intervention may not be clinically appropriate for this service and clients may need to be referred to other high intensity services, such as those provided by psychiatrists, mental health nurses and/or state and territory health services.
Some groups are underserviced through existing psychological therapy arrangements due to workforce limitations or the unsuitability of available services. Dementia, delirium, tobacco use disorder and intellectual disability are not regarded as mental disorders for the purposes of this activity, and are therefore not eligible for this service. There are other government programs which focus on these particular needs. However the needs of people with intellectual disability who have comorbid mental illness for psychological therapy can be considered.
People who have attempted, or who are at risk of suicide, or self-harm can also be considered eligible for the Psychological Therapy Program. The person must have been assessed by the referring GP as low-risk and have been given options if they require immediate assistance. If a child under the age of 12 expresses suicidal ideation or self-harming behaviours they must be first assessed by a GP or Psychiatrist or Child and Youth Mental Health Service (CYMHS) prior to being referred into the Psychological Therapies Program. Treatment will be provided within 24-72 hours of the referral being received.
The Psychological Therapies Program also accepts children under the age of 12 who have, or are at risk of developing, a mild to moderate, mental illness, childhood behavioural or emotional disorder and who could benefit from short term focussed psychological strategies. Children experiencing developmental and learning disorders (including Autism Spectrum Disorder) as a primary diagnosis are excluded from the scope of the program, unless the reason for seeking treatment and treatment delivered is for a co-morbid mental, behavioural or emotional disorder. Please note, assessments for learning or developmental delays and subsequent report writing are also excluded from the scope of the Psychological Therapies Program. Parents, guardians, family members or other persons having responsibility for the child can also access Psychological Therapies to assist them to better support the child.