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Table 2 Cluster sites and stratification factors

From: The PULSAR Specialist Care protocol: a stepped-wedge cluster randomized control trial of a training intervention for community mental health teams in recovery-oriented practice

Cluster Team/service Organisation Site Strata Team/service description
Cluster 1 Crisis assessment & treatment team Monash Health 1 A Crisis Assessment and Treatment Teams (CATTs) provide urgent assessment and short-term treatment to people in psychiatric crisis and play a key role in triaging admissions to hospital.
Cluster 2 Crisis assessment & treatment team Monash Health 2 A
Cluster 3 Mobile support and treatment service
+ Community Care Unit
Monash Health 3
4
B Mobile Support and Treatment Teams (MSTs) provide intensive long-term support through assertive outreach to people with prolonged and severe mental illness with associated high levels of disability.
Community Care Units (CCUs) provide medium to long-term residential rehabilitation in a home-like environment.
Cluster 4 Mobile support and treatment service
+ Community Care Unit
Monash Health 5
6
B
Cluster 5 Community Mental Health Service Monash Health 7 C Community Mental Health Service (CMHS) provide non-urgent assessment, treatment, case management, and continuing care support to people living in the community over varying periods of time.
Cluster 6 Community Mental Health Service Monash Health 8 C
Cluster 7 Continuing Care Monash Health 9 D Continuing Care Teams (CCTs) provide non-urgent assessment, treatment, case management, and continuing care support to people living in the community over varying periods of time.
Cluster 8 Continuing Care Monash Health 10 D
Cluster 9 PARC – Adult
+ PARC – Extended
Mind Australia 11
12
E PARC services (including youth, adult and extended PARCs) provide short-term residential support and treatment to assist in averting acute inpatient admission or facilitate earlier discharge.
Cluster 10 PARC – Youth Mind Australia 13 E
Cluster 11 PARC Ermha Ermha 14 F
Cluster 12 PARC Ermha Ermha 15 F
Cluster 13 Community outreach services Mind Australia 16 G Community Outreach Services provide a range of individualized psychosocial support and recovery services.
Cluster 14 Community outreach services site 1
Community outreach services site 2
Ermha 17
18
G
  1. Note. Clusters are stratified by the team/service type and composition: i.e. there are seven different strata