Established in December 2014, the objective of the Indigenous Mental Health Intervention Program (IMHIP) was to design and implement a culturally capable model of mental health care and transitional support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women incarcerated in the Brisbane Women’s Correctional Centre. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are vastly overrepresented in the criminal justice system, suffer high levels of mental disorders, distress and trauma, and have limited access to healthcare services designed to meet their mental health, social and emotional wellbeing and cultural needs. The Evaluation Report describes the implementation and preliminary outcomes of IMHIP.
The core functions of the IMHIP service include early identification of mental health and social and emotional wellbeing needs, the provision of culturally competent assessment and management of mental health and social and emotional wellbeing interventions while in custody, and a transition service to support connection and continuity of care into the community. This is supported by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leadership and staffing, and service provision that is culturally informed and consistent with wellbeing paradigms.