Open Minds Lifestyle Support Service specialises in psychosocial and life skills rehabilitation, lifestyle and accommodation support, community inclusion and recovery focused programs to men and women living with mental illness or intellectual disability across South East Queensland.
Our model of practice is based on the principles of recovery, inclusion and individual strengths and is committed to delivering high quality and effective services to support clients to achieve their personal goals, promote personal development and resilience and encourage vocational opportunities and training.
Supports are provided to individuals who receive funding from the Department of Communities (Disability and Community Care Services) under a range of funding initiatives including;
Project 300 – a collaborative interagency model involving non-government service providers, Queensland Health and the Department of Communities (Disability and Community Care Services) which brings together clinical and non-clinical services to support individuals with a psychiatric disability to move from Queensland Health extended care facilities to living in the community. Disability and Community Care Services provides funding to non-government service providers to enable them to support people who have transitioned into the community.
Housing and Support Program (HASP) – a cross-departmental initiative involving the collaboration of Queensland Health and the Department of Communities which include both Housing and Homelessness Services and Disability and Community Care Services. People with psychiatric disability who are inpatients of Queensland Health mental health facilities, or who are homeless or at risk of homelessness are assisted through HASP to transition to sustainable community living. Disability and Community Care Services provides funding to non-government service providers to enable them to support people who have transitioned into the community.
Adult Lifestyle Support Program – assists adults with a disability to live and participate in their local community. The funding and support is intended to complement informal networks and promotes access to other general community services. The funds provided can be used by adults with a disability in a variety of ways including support to live at home and manage their household; take part in recreations and leisure activities; and strengthen personal and family relationships and networks.
Young Adults Exiting the Care of the State Program – provides individualised support for young adults exiting the care of the state, helping them to access community life and develop and maintain community living arrangements.
Post School Services – assists people with a disability to experience a range of options and opportunities as they move toward establishing a life after school. The supports help people with a disability and their families to plan for the future. Disability Services connects people with funded service providers that can help them set and realise goals.
Younger People in Residential Aged Care Initiative - assists younger people with a disability in residential aged care to move to more appropriate accommodation, divert younger people who are at risk of admission to residential aged care, and provide disability support for younger people who remain in residential aged care.
For enquiries, please phone Open Minds on (07) 3896 4222.