Accessible Psychological Interventions (API)
WHAT ARE ACCESSIBLE PSYCHOLOGICAL INTERVENTIONS (API)?
Accessible Psychological Inventions (API) will replace Access to Allied Psychological Services (ATAPS) from 1st November 2017.
API services are funded by the Australian Government under the South Eastern Melbourne PHN (SEMPHN). They are part of the SEMPHN Stepped Care Model which is in line with mental health reform across Australia; providing flexible services for people with mild to moderate mental health needs.
API services include a range of short term psychological interventions, and may be provided by either clinical psychologists, psychologists, mental health social workers, occupational therapists, or mental health nurses. Services are matched to a person’s individual needs and are available in individual, family and group settings.
API service Interventions include:
- Cognitive-behavioural therapy
- Skills training
- Relaxation strategies
- Other evidence-based interventions
Who can access API Services?
If you live or work in the South East Melbourne Primary Health Network (SEMPHN) Catchment, have a Health Care Card or can’t afford to access similar services, you may be able to access API services.
SEMPHN catchment includes the areas of Bayside, Kingston, Mornington Peninsula, Cardinia, Port Phillip, Stonnington, Casey, Frankston, Glen Eira and Greater Dandenong.
Referrals to API Services are particularly encouraged for people in the following groups:
- Children under 12 years of age
- People living in residential aged care facilities
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders
- People experiencing homelessness
- People at risk of suicide
- Culturally and linguistically diverse people
- People with perinatal depression
- People with substance use disorders
- People who have experienced family violence
Am I eligible for API Services?
If you have been assessed and diagnosed as having a mild to moderate mental illness, such as mild depression and anxiety and feel that you will benefit from the services provided by API, you may be eligible to access API services.
Note: Children under the age of 12 and those at risk of suicide do not need an assessment and diagnosis to be eligible to access API services.
How do I access API Services?
Referrals to API can be made by anyone; including GPs and other primary health providers, schools, social services, other organisations and you can also refer yourself.
If referred by a GP, the GP should fax an appropriate referral form with relevant information and a Mental Health Treatment Plan to 9793 9052 or call 1800 862 363 for priority assistance (business hours only). Referral forms and clinical software templates are on the SEMPHN website SEMPHN mental health intake resources
If you would like to find out about API or refer yourself, call SEMPHN Intake on 1800 862 363 during business hours.