Secure Extended Care Report

Psychiatric Inpatient Care for People with a Dual Disability in Victoria: Prevalence, Nature and Impact of Multiple Mental Disorders

Victorian Dual Disability Service ERSR

The ERSR funds the VDDS to provide mental health screening, assessment and treatment planning for people with a known or suspected dual disability residing within the Northern Division and the metropolitan area of the Western Division of the Department of Human Services.


The purpose of the ERSR to provide mental health advice and support to people in the Northern Division and the Metropolitan area of the Western Division of the Department of Human Services


  1. To improve access for clients in the target group to support from the VDDS.2. To improve the quality of mental health care and disability supports received by people with dual disabilities
  2. To enhance the capacity of the disability service system to more effectively support and manage people with intellectual disability who have a diagnosed or suspected mental illness.
  3. To collect data on the mental health service needs of people referred to and assessed by the VDDS.
  4. To contribute to cross sector approaches to address the support needs of the dual disability client group.

Model of Care

Calls can be made to the VDDS Monday to Friday during working hours. VDDS staff will undertake phone based triage to facilitate timely access to appropriate services

Assessments will be provided to people with a developmental disability who:

  • Appear to have a serious mental illness or mental disorder.
  • Have associated significant levels of disturbance and psychosocial disability due to their illness or  disorder.
  • Are perceived to be those most in need.
  • Are receiving a funded service from disability services in the region

Extended consultation and Treatment
In exceptional circumstances, the VDDS will undertake treatment and management until an appropriate

The Victorian Dual Disability Service recognises the Traditional Owners of the land on which our office islocated; the Wurundjeri People of the Kulin Nations. We pay our respects to Elders past and present and welcome all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to our health service.