An Adult Mental Health Care Spell is a continuous period of care or assessment for an adult (including elderly) PATIENT provided by a Health Care Provider's specialist mental health services. This includes the care or assessment of adult and elderly PATIENTS with drug or alcohol dependence but excludes child and adolescent psychiatry PATIENTS and PATIENTS whose only mental disorder is a learning disability. The specialist mental health services are delivered by mental health professionals, some of whom may receive referrals directly.
An Adult Mental Health Care Spell is initiated by a referral, or the temporary or permanent transfer of main responsibility for provision of mental health care for the PATIENT from another Health Care Provider, and ends with a DISCHARGE DATE (MENTAL HEALTH SERVICE).
For referrals, the Adult Mental Health Care Spell commences with an initial assessment which will determine whether treatment or care by the Health Care Provider's specialist mental health services is appropriate. If not appropriate, then the Adult Mental Health Care Spell will end.
This supporting information is also known by these names:
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