A mental health care plan is a plan for people with a mental disorder or complaint.
If you have a disorder, your GP can write out this plan. It identifies what type of health care you need, and spells out what you and your GP have agreed you are aiming to achieve.
Who is eligible for a mental health care plan?
A mental health care plan is available to you if you have a mental disorder that has been diagnosed by a GP.
There are a wide range of disorders such as:
- Bipolar Disorder
- A wide range of other mental health conditions, like psychosis, etc.
Each disorder varies in its severity. The effect of mental illness can be severe on the individuals and families concerned, and its influence is far-reaching for society as a whole.
If you are concerned about your mental health or that of a family member, the first stop should be your GP where you can find out which therapies and treatments are available.
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How do I get a care plan?
Visit your GP who will assess whether you have a mental disorder and whether you will benefit from a treatment plan.
Your GP will ask a few questions, fill in the plan and set goals together with you. When you make the booking, please book a long appointment.
What does the care plan cover?
If you have a mental health care plan, you will be entitled to Medicare rebates for up to ten individual and ten group appointments with some allied mental health services in a year.
That means for certain psychologists, occupational therapists and social workers, you are also entitled to Medicare rebates for ten individual and support group sessions in a year.
Your GP can also give you a referral to Allied Health Services in your area if required.
You can’t get Medicare rebates for all ten sessions in one go. After the first six appointments, you need to see your GP again for a plan review and another referral.