Artist's impression of PARCS


Mental Health CSU

In this section, you can find the following information:

Prevention and Recovery Care Service

The Prevention and Recovery Care Service (PARCS) in West Heidelberg is a short-term, home-like residence for local people with mental health illnesses who need additional support but who do not require admission to hospital.

What is PARCS and who lives there?

PARCS is a short-term, home-like residence for local people with a mental illness who need some additional support but don't need to go to hospital.

People using the PARC service will usually move back home after a two or three week stay.
PARCS is staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week with approximately three staff on site at any one time.

Local people needing the support of a PARCS are currently managed within their own homes.

Being able to move into PARCS for a short-term period allows them to better stabilise their illness while remaining close to shops, public transport, health services and their places of work and study until they are able to return home.

Members of the community who require an inpatient admission will continue to be admitted to a hospital and will not be housed in a PARCS.

There are already 14 such services currently operating across Victoria including in residential areas in South Yarra, Clayton, Mont Albert, Flemington and Ringwood as well as three youth PARCS.

If you would like more information about our PARC service, please download our FAQs:


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