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FY 2012-2013

Temasek Cares – iCommunity@North
Integrated community care for people with mental challenges
Partner: Agency for Integrated Care

iCommunity@North is a 2-year programme that provides integrated medical and social services for elderly with dementia and mental illness. This integrated network brings together agencies from social services, healthcare and the community to provide services through existing community support systems like senior activity centres, family service centres, wellness centres, general practitioners and hospitals. The services are delivered through teams known as Community Intervention Team (“COMIT”) and Community Resource, Engagement and Support Team (“CREST”).

The Agency for Integrated Care has selected the northern region of Singapore to implement the first phase of the community mental health village. The Thye Hua Kwan Moral Charities runs the CREST programme which focuses on increasing mental health awareness through outreach, recognise seniors with early signs and symptoms of dementia, and provide basic emotional support to clients and caregivers. O’Joy Care services runs the COMIT team which provides counselling, psycho-education and care coordination to clients as well as caregiver training and support. Khoo Teck Puat Hospital (“KTPH”) provides training and resource expertise support for the CREST and COMIT community partners. The linkages, referral processes and service models employed between these programmes and KTPH may be developed and extended to other community-based services such as Dementia Day Care and Day Rehabilitation Centres in later phases.

Source: AIC


 

FY 2011-2012

Temasek Cares – iCommunity @North
Integrated community care for people with mental challenges
Partner: Agency for Integrated Care

Temasek Cares - iCommunity@North is a pilot programme that provides community-based integrated social and healthcare services to people with mental challenges. The programme enables clients to remain in the community, with less reliance on hospital or in-patient care. The iCommunity@North programme is expected to serve 300 clients over two years.

Mental conditions such as dementia and depression are becoming more common as our population ages (see Chart 1). To address this growing need, the Agency for Integrated Care (AIC) has put together a new mental health network that provides integrated and person-centred care for people with mental challenges.

This network comprises multiple agencies from social services, healthcare and the community. They provide services through existing support systems including senior activity centres, family service centres, wellness centres, general practitioners and hospitals. The services cover the care continuum from education, prevention, early identification, intervention, and follow-up to home-based support

Implementation of the new mental health integrated network is expected to take five years. The first phase is supported by Temasek Cares and implemented by AIC in partnership with Khoo Teck Puat Hospital, Thye Hua Kwan Moral Society and O’Joy Care Services.

Temasek Cares - iCommunity@North comprises two intervention and outreach programmes: COMIT (Community Mental Health Intervention Team) and CREST (Community Outreach and Support Team).

COMIT provides counselling and therapy support in the community and is led by allied health professionals including nurses, counsellors and medical social workers. The team serves patients with mild with to moderate mental challenges who are assessed to be capable of living in the community with adequate some intervention. CREST provides outreach, education and emotional support to clients and caregivers. The programme plays a key role in prevention and early detection.

For information on services, please contact:
Programme Manager: Choo Wei Tak, email: wei.tak.choo@aic.sg
COMIT: Tong Yoke Tho, email: yoke.tho.tong@aic.sg
CREST: Helen Alburque'V, email: helen.alburque'v@aic.sg

Media Coverage:
Capital 95.8, 23 Jul 2012
93.8 LIVE, 23 Jul 2012
The Straits Times, 24 Jul 2012
The New Paper, 24 Jul 2012
Lianhe ZaoBao, 24 Jul 2012
My Paper, 24 Jul 2012
Berita Harian, 24 Jul 2012
Channel NewsAsia, 23 Jul 2012
Channel 5, 23 Jul 2012
Channel 8, 23 Jul 2012


 
 
 
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