ACT Care Coordinator Annual Report, December 2012 to 30 June 2014

The following report is made in compliance with section 120E of the Mental Health (Treatment and Care) Act 1994.

The ACT Care Coordinator is a statutory appointment made by the Minister for Health, under Section 120A of the ACT Mental Health (Treatment and Care) Act 1994.

The ACT Care Coordinator is responsible for the coordination of the provision of treatment, care and support to people with a mental dysfunction in accordance with community care orders made by the ACT Civil and Administrative Tribunal (ACAT).

The Executive Officer for the ACT Care Coordinator was located within the Public Advocate of the ACT until December 2012 and resumed this function in February 2014. ACT Health provided administrative support to the ACT Care Coordinator during the period from December 2012 to February 2014.

During the period 1 January 2013 to 30 June 2014, a total of 23 people were subject to a Community Care Order (CCO). There were 14 men and 9 women for whom community care orders were made. There were 17 people for whom new community care orders were made and 6 people had orders reviewed and renewed. During the period for the 23 CCOs made, 9 people were referred by the courts, 13 people were referred by clinical services and one person was referred by their family.

For the 23 people subject to CCOs: 5 people had an intellectual disability, 8 people had dementia, 2 had an acquired brain injury, 2 people had personality disorders and 3 people had alcohol dependency problems. Another 3 people had individual conditions, including severe self-harming behaviours in young people, and neurological conditions (other than dementia).

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Ms Marina Buchana-Grey
Acting ACT Care Coordinator
25 August 2014