Our intention for the poster presentation is to provide an overview of the service enhancement role of the Mental Health Forensic Assessment and Consultation Team (MH-FACT). Our service works collaboratively with the Victorian Fixated Treats Assessment Centre (VFTAC), and accepts referrals from the VFTAC of identified individuals who pose a risk of engaging in behaviour indicative of pathological fixation and grievances. These individuals have been identified by the VFTAC as having a high potential for grievance fuelled violence and who also have identified mental health needs.
The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and Victoria Police have established a Victorian Fixated Threat Assessment Centre (VFTAC), which brings together police and mental health capability to respond to threats of violence posed by high-risk persons with complex needs.
In addition to establishing VFTAC, further funding was provided to enhance specialist mental health and drug and alcohol services to engage with individuals referred to VFTAC. MH-FACT is a ‘systems enhancement’ service that will either work directly with the individual to assist them to mobilise supports, who then are further supported by MH-FACT. As well as this, a large part of our work is supporting Area Mental Health Services (AMHS) to work with identified individuals to mitigate risk. MH-FACT is one of two, State service enhancement programs which reports directly to DHHS.
To this end, we have created a poster to showcase the types of service enhancement that MH-FACT provide. The poster has three sections:
1. We explain who MH-FACT are
2. Outline a range of service enhancement interventions, including the referral pathway
3. Outline a MH-FACT case example of workplace grievance fuelled violence within educational facility.
This poster illustrates an example of ‘work place grievance fuelled violence’ and how the MH-FACT service enhanced an AMHS, as well as providing direct clinical support to the individual to mitigate the risks that he posed to an educational facility.
Carmen Cilmi (BSW (Hon), MSW & Accredited MHSW) is a senior mental health clinician/ social worker currently working with the Mental Health Forensic Assessment and Consultation Team (MH-FACT). Carmen has over 20 years’ experience in public mental health, having worked within a range of community settings and in senior clinical roles. Some of which include case management, Crisis Assessment and Treatment Team clinician (CATT) and Emergency CATT, homelessness, as well as having undertaken leadership and project roles within a number of Area Mental Health Services. She has also worked for a period of time within Victoria Police.