The Acute response ensures that individuals referred to the service who are experiencing a serious mental health crisis or a relapse of a mental illness have easy and seamless access to treatment and support based on their needs.

Recovery involves clinicians and consumers/carers working together to identify and work on goals as well as providing a range of therapies that have been found to be helpful to others recovering from mental health problems.

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Team members include clinical staff from PHMHS and Community Mental Health Practitioners from MIF.

PARCs are often called ‘Step Up/Step Down’ programs as they meet the needs of people living in local communities who require short-term Recovery focused residential support to prevent deterioration or relapse of mental illness which may lead to a hospital admission (Step Up) and people who no longer need to be in hospital, but would benefit from short term Recovery focused treatment and support, in a residential setting after discharge from hospital (Step Down).


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In addition, the teams provide GPs and other primary health providers with support for diagnostic clarification, medication and treatment recommendations.

This integrated program provides urgent acute responses, brief interventions and recovery support for those living within the Frankston and Mornington Peninsula catchment areas.

Location and Contact details The Peninsula Health Mental Health Service Community Care Unit (CCU) consists of nine purpose built residences in a cluster arrangement in a residential street in Frankston.

The Unit provides short to medium term residential, recovery focused psychosocial rehabilitation for 20 clients.

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