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Commonwealth Psychosocial Support Program

The Commonwealth Psychosocial Support Program (CPS) is a free program for people with a severe mental illness.

The program provides short-term coaching support to eligible participants to build skills to manage their mental illness, improve relationships with family and friends and increase social and economic participation. CPS is a recovery focused program that is reliable, person-centred and based on genuine understanding and respect.

This is not a clinical service.

How does the Commonwealth Psychosocial Support Program work?

CPS offers one-to-one coaching with a psychosocial recovery coach who can support recovery for people with enduring mental illness. In partnership with your family and carers (where possible), we provide a range of non-clinical community-based support to support you to achieve your goals.

Each session with our psychosocial recovery coach will be goal-oriented in focus and designed as a person- centred recovery plan.

You will learn strategies and develop skills that help you:

  • Identify your strengths
  • Connect to a social network that will improve your wellbeing
  • Build resilience to achieve your goals
  • Connect with family or your community
  • Enjoy a full and vibrant life
  • Build capacity to live independently in the community

Your psychosocial coach will support you to:

  • Look after your mental and physical health
  • Develop a recovery plan
  • Achieve your goals through face-to-face and phone coaching
  • Develop vocational skills and goals
  • Manage substance use concerns
  • Find and maintain a home
  • Reduce your need for hospital services
  • Reach out to the people in your life who can support your recovery (such as carers or family members, your GP, services in the community, health professionals)

Where can I access the Commonwealth Psychosocial Support Program?

CPS is available to participants in the following area

How do I access the Commonwealth Psychosocial Support Program

To access CPS, you must:

  • Have a severe and persistent mental illness
  • Be able to participate in the community
  • Not be receiving similar psychosocial supports through a state or territory government program, or the NDIS

You can self-refer into the program or be referred in by your GP or community support, just complete our referral form.

Once your referral is received, a member of the team will be in contact with you.

More information

This service is supported by funding from the Western NSW PHN through the Australian Government's PHN program. 

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