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The Office of Psychiatric Services was a division of Department of Health II (VA 2695) (1987-1992) and the Department of Health & Community Services (VA 3092) 1992-1993).
The Office was responsible for the development and management of psychiatric services throughout the State. The services involved treatment, rehabilitation, support and prevention. The services were provided by a network of hospitals, clinics, day hospitals, assessment centres, community support programs and community based self-help organisations.
People accessed services either as an inpatient or as an outpatient or by attendance at day programs. Specialist psychiatric services were provided for children, adolescents and families, adults and elderly persons.
The Office promoted community self-help organisations in the provision of services by providing funding and professional assistance with the development of services.
The Office also conducted specialist training programs in post-graduate psychiatry and child and adolescent psychiatry. Research programs were conducted and promoted by the Office.
The Office was also responsible for the administration of the Mental Health Act.