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Day-to-Day Living Program

What is the Day-to-Day Living Program?
The Day to Day Living in the Community Program (D2DL) recognizes that people with a mental illness are often faced with significant challenges when reconnecting to their social and community networks both during and after recovery.

The D2DL Program offers a friendly and positive environment in which those with a mental illness can engage in support and activities and groups that encourage socialisation, development of useful life skills, and educational and supportive groups.

This program provides funding to improve the quality of life for individuals with severe and persistent mental illness by:

  • providing programs and activities on a short-term basis that develop new skills or to re-learn old skills,
  • allowing you to develop social networks and participate in community activities, and
  • help you develop confidence and accomplish personal goals in order to successfully re-integrate into the community

What are the aims of the Program?
The D2DL Program is for people who need help reconnecting to their social and community networks both during and after recovery from mental illness. We provide a friendly and positive environment where you can join in a range of activities, groups and support services to help your recovery and get the support you need to take charge of your recovery.

How does the Program Operate?
People can self-refer or be referred by an agency or organisation. The person referred is required to attend an assessment to ensure that we are able to meet their needs.  People are then able to choose which programs they wish to attend . This assessment is then reviewed monthly to ensure a person is progressing towards discharge from the program.

What Services are NOT provided?

  • We are not a Drop In Centre.  You need to be enrolled to be able to attend.
  • We do not provide counselling but can refer you to another internal or external service.
  • We are not a long-term service with expected discharge after 3-6 months.

Who is eligible to join?
Anyone who has a serious mental illness and wants to be involved in meeting new people and learning new skills. You can self-refer or be referred by another service.

Clients must be mobile and continent and/or have the ability to attend to their own self-care needs.

What are my rights?
To be treated with respect and dignity by all who attend the D2DL Program.

What are my responsibilities?

  • You need to let staff know if you feel unwell at any time.
  • You need to participate in the entire group activity.
  • Do not ask for or trade cigarettes or money from other participants.
  • Treat other participants and staff and volunteers with respect.

What if I am not happy about the service provided to me?
Please see the Day-to-Day Living Project Officer, the Rehabilitation Services Manager or address your concerns in writing to the CEO.

Are there rules in Day to Day Living?
Yes there are, to ensure the safety and comfort of other participants.

  • You can only attend an activity that you have been accepted into.
  • You can only attend programs and activities if you have completed your initial assessment.
  • You cannot attend if you are under the influence of alcohol or non-prescription drugs.
  • You need to clean up after yourself.

What happens when I am ready to leave?
All participants are offered the opportunity to complete a Wellness Recovery Action Plan which will detail ways in which to remain safe and keep good mental health.
Participants will be considered on a case-by-case basis for extended membership in the Day-to-Day Living Program.

Contact Details

Townsville Office   (Feb 2013 Program)
D2DLProject Officer
Phone: 07 4725 3664
Email: d2dl-tsv@mifnq.org.au

Mackay Office
D2DLProject Officer
Phone: 07 4951 2955
Email:  d2dl-mky@mifnq.org.au


Day-to-Day Living Program brochure   (PDF)

Day-to-Day LIving Program Referral Form   (PDF)

Australian Government Department of Health and Aging Website – D2DL Fact Sheet

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