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Mental Health Screening Unit

The Mental Health Screening Unit is a purpose built 43 bed unit based on a Multidisciplinary Model of Care to ensure comprehensive assessment, treatment and discharge of mentally ill offenders. A focus of the MHSU is to achieve better outcomes through joint management of offenders with mental health problems within the correctional system through effective assessment and appropriate referral. The unit is comprised of a 13 bed High Dependency Unit (including 5 assessment cells) and 2 X 15 bed Sub-acute pods.

The multidisciplinary team is comprised of psychiatrists, psychologists, mental health nurses, probation and parole, welfare officers, education staff and custodial staff.

The team uses a Collaborative Model of Care to carry out a comprehensive assessment, ensuring a wide range of experts are involved in the assessment and development of a comprehensive Discharge Management Plan for each inmate. The purpose of the Discharge Management Plan is to facilitate an appropriate clinical and correctional pathway.

The MHSU is jointly managed by Corrective Services and Justice Health and the management team includes a Nursing Unit Manager, Manager Crisis/Mental Health (OS&P) and an Assistant Superintendent. All admissions to the MHSU and discharges from the MHSU are conducted jointly by Corrective Services and Justice Health.

The MHSU is a one of a kind mental health unit that services all correctional centres in NSW. The MHSU receives referrals state wide and accommodates all offenders regardless of classification or protection status. Referrals to the MHSU need to be completed by Justice Health staff at the referring centre. Demand for beds in the MHSU is high and the management team and a senior psychiatrist conducts a weekly teleconference to prioritise referrals to the MHSU ensuring our services are directed at those most in need.

If you have any further questions regarding the MHSU, please contact:

Manager Crisis Mental Health 
Ph.- 9289 5567
Fax- 9289 5909​