Child and Youth Mental Health

Tabled: 5 June 2019

Appendix C. DHHS program descriptions

Program name

Program description

Child and Adolescent Assessment Treatment

A range of services including crisis assessment, case management, individual or group therapy, family therapy, parent support and medication-based treatments for children and adolescents experiencing significant psychological distress or mental illness. Services support a timely response to referrals, including crises, delivered on an outreach basis, where appropriate.

Conduct Disorder Program

Services that provide prevention programs for children and young people at risk and clinical services for those with established conduct disorder.

Early Psychosis Program

Specialist treatment and improved continuity of care services for young people with an emerging disorder, particularly co-existing substance abuse problems.

Intensive Youth Support

Provision of mobile intensive mental health case management and support to adolescents who display substantial and prolonged psychological disturbance, have complex needs, which may include challenging, at-risk and suicidal behaviours, and who have been difficult to engage utilising less-intensive treatment approaches.

Community Specialist Statewide Services—Eating Disorders

A range of specialist clinical community mental health assessment, treatment or consultancy services that support eating disorder groups on a statewide, inter-regional or specific catchment area basis. The focus of these community services is on a clinical service provision to people with a mental illness.

Youth Suicide Prevention

Youth suicide prevention programs aim to reduce suicide among young people aged 10–25 years. Programs provide preventative support, activities and early intervention services to the young person, their family and friends and the broader community.

Acute Care—Child and Adolescent

Inpatient units provide short-term psychiatric assessment and treatment for children and adolescents with severe psychological disturbance who cannot be effectively assessed or treated in a less-restrictive community‑based setting.

Source: DHHS Policy and Funding Guidelines 2018–19 Section 3.4, Chapter 3, page 226–229.

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