$560M program that supports the delivery of a co-located residential rehabilitation and community wellbeing services.
The Department of Health and Ageing is opening an Invitation to Apply (ITA) to provide quality¸ evidence based and culturally appropriate substance misuse residential rehabilitation services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the ‘North West’ and ‘Adelaide and South’ regions of South Australia. Applicants may choose to apply to deliver services to one or both regions. Proposals for innovative outreach service models will be considered. Applications are encouraged from a wide range of non-government and government entities¸ including local government bodies¸ and consortia arrangements involving Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services and/ or Indigenous-specific drug and alcohol services.
The key priority areas under the Guidelines relevant to this ITA are:
- Supporting non-government alcohol and other drugs treatment services to deliver quality, evidence based services and build capacity to effectively identify and treat coinciding mental illness and substance misuse (comorbidity) through activities such as workforce training, front line service delivery, education, development of partnerships with the broader health sector, and dissemination of best practice policies and procedures that support the identification and management of clients experiencing comorbidity;
- Assisting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to provide service delivery in alcohol and other drugs treatment through delivery of an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander alcohol and other drugs workforce; improving health outcomes through education programs; and developing quality evidence based and culturally secure resources around substance misuse for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities; and
- Supporting those services targeting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to increase the effectiveness of, and access to, alcohol and other drugs treatment and rehabilitation services, including those in rural and remote areas.
The Department will fund a service provider(s) to deliver substance misuse residential rehabilitation services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in:
- the ‘North West’ region in South Australia; and /or
- the ‘Adelaide & South’ region in South Australia.
The Applicant may choose to apply to deliver substance misuse residential rehabilitation services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in either or both the ‘North West’ and ‘Adelaide & South’ regions.
The intention of this ITA is that it will deliver two residential rehabilitation treatment services in South Australia with the opportunity for applicants to also propose innovative outreach service models within the two regions. Each service will operate a facility that will provide a minimum number of beds, and incorporate overnight health professional accommodation.
Port Augusta has been identified as a service hub for the North West region, with good service linkages and availability of housing and infrastructure that may support staff retention. It is the Department’s expectation that, as a result of this process, one of the services will be based in Port Augusta.
The substance misuse residential rehabilitation services will cater for predominantly Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples with patterns of alcohol and substance use which expose them to a risk of short and long term harm to their health. The service will link with other health and social services including alcohol and other drugs services within South Australia to provide an integrated treatment system for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who live in these regions.
Applicants who wish to apply for funding in both locations must complete a separate application form for each location.
The total value of funds available under the flexible fund is $559.4 million over four years. Existing activities already committed to under the Substance Misuse Service Delivery Grants Fund account for approximately $392.4 million over the period 2011-12 to 2014-15.
There is an indicative annual allocation of $1.5 million available in 2013/14 and 2014/15 to provide services in each region of South Australia. This process does not include funding for the construction of a new facility or refurbishment or fit-out of an existing facility for the service.
Applications close at 2.00pm Australian Eastern Standard Time on Tuesday 16 July 2013
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Stage 1 – Identification of an appropriate location and service model type
Identification of the proposed location including:
a) the geographical location for the service;
b) identification of any existing facility at the location that may be suitable;
c) identification of the site for the facility;
d) resolving any land tenure and leasing issues, confirming land ownership, confirming planning approvals etc.;
e) demonstrating how the location is suitable for the delivery of the services;
f) a description and rationale for the proposed service model;
g) identification of services / facilities nearby to accommodate families while treatment is being undertaken or an explanation of how this will be provided; and
h) identification of any proposed outreach service provision.
Stage 2 – Development of an Implementation Plan
The successful service provider will be required to develop an Implementation Plan based on the Service Model proposed in their response and agreed with the Department. The Implementation Plan will be the first deliverable of this project.
This stage will include:
a) undertaking community consultation to engage with local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to ensure that the service reflects local needs and that services are delivered in a culturally appropriate way;
b) detailing proposed clinical and corporate governance arrangements, including initial operational plans and future strategic plans to cater for current and projected population health needs;
c) developing operational guidelines and procedures;
d) detailing strategies for recruitment and training of specialist staff in the lead up to the commencement of services;
e) establishing an Advisory Committee which enables local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people the opportunity to provide input into the design and ongoing management of the service and facility (as per the Service Provision specifications Part A, 4.9 d.);
f) detailing opportunities for the involvement and employment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the establishment stage and over the long term operation of the service;
g) developing a cultural competence organisational plan and a quality assurance and improvement plan to support the project;
h) detailing the extent to which volunteers or the clients themselves will be involved in supporting the operation of the facility or delivery of service;
i) developing a detailed project plan reflecting key deliverables, key performance indicators, milestones and timeframes for the period of engagement;
j) developing more detailed budgets (within the agreed budget limit) for Stage 2 and 3 for the service, including infrastructure and resource requirements;
k) detailing a plan for the future Board or Management formation;
l) detailing possible options for future community involvement in ongoing management of the facility;
m) detailing how to prepare the facility for the initial intake of clients, for example, ensuring catering, cleaning staff, security, disability access, Information and Communication Technology (ICT) systems, development and availability of support materials both for operating the facility and treating clients;
n) detailing how to begin providing services, for example a staggered intake, pilot group or other method;
o) detailing how day and overnight patients/clients will be managed;
p) preparing a Business Plan and Budget for 2013-15; and
q) developing a comprehensive risk management plan for the service.
Stage 3 – Establishment
The service provider will be required to execute the agreed Implementation Plan within an agreed timeframe with the department following Stage 2, in preparation for the service opening.
This will include:
a) preparing the facility for the initial intake of clients, for example, ensuring catering, cleaning staff, security, disability access, ICT systems, development and availability of support materials both for operating the facility and treating clients;
b) establishing appropriate policies and procedures for the referral processes (including voluntary and involuntary admission), assessment (and associated care plan), intake, management and treatment, exit of clients using the service, and follow-up care;
c) ensuring that an appropriate site and suitable accommodation (which may be built/ refurbished/ upgraded in parallel) supports the service model and facility specifications and will be available for the service to open;
d) regularly consulting with and referring to the Advisory Committee to ensure local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are able to provide input into the design and ongoing management of the service and facility (as per the Service Provision specifications Part A, 4.9 d.);
e) establishing formal relationships with other service providers in the region with whom the facility will be expected to work in partnership, including relevant Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community controlled organisations, alcohol and other drug services, health services, social services, justice services, employment and education services, recreation services, and other services as required;
f) recruiting, training and developing strategies for the retention of appropriately qualified staff (this may have implications for budgets when considering accommodation assistance options for staff);
g) implementing strategies for the training and recruitment of local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people;
h) identifying potential Board or Management committee members representing the local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community;
i) ensuring appropriate ICT systems are current and support patient information management systems, and reporting requirements;
j) developing Memoranda of Understanding with relevant organisations; and
k) ensuring the workforce structure meets needs, the current environment and specialisations.
Stage 4 – Service Delivery
Stage 4 commences once Stage 1, 2 and 3 have been completed. This will mean that the agreed service delivery model is implemented and fully operational and the service can treat clients in a residential rehabilitation facility.
The service provider will ensure that:
a) the Substance Misuse Residential Rehabilitation Service is delivered in line with its agreed service model, annual business plan and budget;
b) the treatment guidelines, modalities and proven therapeutic approaches are culturally appropriate and reflect current best practice for residential rehabilitation;
c) it engages with local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to ensure that the service reflects local needs and that services are delivered in a culturally appropriate way;
d) the service caters for both residential and non-residential clients through the provision of non-residential programs that aim to improve health and social outcomes;
e) the service promotes both residential and non-residential suicide prevention and harm minimisation programs;
f) it ensures that treatment guidelines, modalities and proven therapeutic approaches reflect current best practice for residential rehabilitation;
g) it identifies and treats coinciding mental illness and substance misuse;
h) the service provides an environment which can replicate and promote the concept of a ‘healthy’ community and provides opportunities and activities for participants to take responsibility to practice positive behaviours and norms;
i) the service provides treatment and support across the continuum of care as part of a holistic substance misuse service system including structured transition back to community, relapse prevention and supportive after care;
j) the service reflects best practice primary health care and mental health treatment including community based services which support a step up and step down arrangement and integrated with the services where available;
k) the service links into community based services in the region, where higher level support is available including acute and hospital services;
l) it develops and evaluation framework that will form the basis for further building the evidence base around best practice including through the application of relevant output and outcome KPIs;
m) it works with the Medicare Local to advocate for the necessary continuation of services which will best support an integrated drug and alcohol system in the region;
n) the project maintains strong governance structures and regularly reviews its policies and procedures to ensure a high level of treatment and care is provided;
o) it proactively works with clients once they leave the service to support reintroduction into the community and provides ongoing support to minimise the likelihood of readmission;
p) there are appropriate levels of trained staff to provide best practice residential rehabilitation services to clients; and
q) in line with the Funding Agreement, all reporting requirements will be met in a timely manner.