Tender Opportunity: Deliver Services and Treatment for Enduring Persistent Mental Illness (STEPMI) in Great South Coast

Western Victoria PHN (WVPHN) is seeking proposals from service providers to deliver Services and Treatment for Enduring Persistent Mental Illness (STEPMI) in the Great South Coast region through an Open Request for Proposal (RFP).

What is the aim of STEPMI?

The concept of ‘severe and complex mental illness’ includes those people who live with complexities associated with their mental illness that require additional services and care. Complexities include medical comorbidities such as a chronic illness that causes disability, high risk for suicide or the need for coordinated assistance across a range of health, social and disability support agencies.

The primary purpose of STEPMI services is evidence-based biopsychosocial treatment services (therapeutic intervention) and clinical care coordination.

STEPMI service delivery incorporates the following (but not without treatment):

  • Clinical care coordination (including multi-disciplinary teamwork coordination and follow up)
  • Family inclusion and support
  • Regular review of progress toward personal goals
  • Periodical monitoring of physical and mental state
  • Optimised medication management
  • Relapse prevention planning
  • Psychosocial interventions aligned to treatment needs
  • Risk monitoring
  • Information and communication strategies to maximise general practitioner engagement, supported by capability building training and networking opportunities.

STEPMI services should complement and enhance existing GP, psychiatrist and allied mental health professional services available through the Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS), and assist people with mental illness in underserviced groups.

Eligibility criteria

WVPHN is inviting proposals from eligible providers to deliver STEPMI services within the Great South Coast region. To be eligible:

  1. Supplier must be an organisation that is a legal entity with sufficient experience to deliver the objective of this proposal.
  2. Supplier must be accredited to deliver mental health services compliant with the National Standards for Mental Health Services 2010.
  3. Supplier must be able to ensure workforce compliance with National Practice Standards for the Mental Health Workforce 2013.
  4. Supplier must be compliant with the Workplace Gender Equality Act 2012 (Commonwealth).
  5. Supplier must be a locally Established Health Service within the Great South Coast region.

How to apply

The RFP must be completed in the format specified and submitted electronically via TenderLink. No other forms of lodgement will be accepted. The closing date for submissions is 5pm 18 May 2021.

For further information or to request a copy of the RFP, please contact us on (03) 5222 0870 or emailĀ tenders@westvicphn.com.au.