First Step is a unique wrap-around addiction and mental health outpatient clinic with a fully integrated legal service.
For 20 years we have provided free services to thousands of vulnerable Victorians, and their families, every year.
Many of our clients live stable lives, connected with family, work and education. But our multi-disciplinary team specialises in supporting people with complex needs, those at risk of hospitalisation for their mental health, imprisonment, homelessness, or worse.
At First Step we believe that chronic addiction is generally a long-term, painful adaptation to childhood abuse and neglect, and that timely and effective treatment is a matter of social justice that benefits all of society.
We work to keep people connected to their families, participating in society and taking control of their own lives.
As governments and health experts increasingly advocate for multidisciplinary 'hubs', First Step stands proudly as the pioneer mental health and addiction hub in Australia. We have been recognised as a best practice case study in the recently released Productivity Commission’s Inquiry into Mental Health and our unique model will be featured in the final report from the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System in 2021.