- Referral Criteria is any person who displays BPSD / BPS-MI in the moderate to very sever and persistent range.
- Generally over 65 years or under 65 years when it can be demonstrated that the person has significant functional disabilities of old age.
- People of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural background over 55 years.
- Delirium is not a reason for referral.
Referrals can be made by contacting the Mental Health Telephone Access Line advising that the referral is for BASIS.
Direct Referrals to the service can be made by ringing 88775393.
BASIS do not provide a crisis / acute service.
There are several options to access urgent mental health care:
Ring the Mental Health Line on 1800 011 511. This line is staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You will be able to speak with a clinician who can provide recommendations about how to manage the situation or put you in contact with the appropriate mental health team.
In urgent cases you can attend the Emergency Department at your local Hospital where there is 24 hour access to specialist mental health care and support.
If the situation is urgent or becoming dangerous ring Triple Zero (000) and request ambulance and/or police. They will be able to assist the person safely to the hospital Emergency Department to access mental health care.