The majority of the work done to create and continue to develop the required services for young people with severe and complex mental health issues in Queensland falls under the auspices of the Queensland Health Department, predominantly under the banner of the Child and Youth Mental Health Service (CYMHS), a division of the Children’s Health Queensland Hospital and Health service (CHQ HHS). As noted online, CYMHS sees:
children and young people up to 18 years of age who are struggling with anxiety, depression, their attachment-relationships, eating disorders, school refusal, psychosis, suicidal and/or self-harming behaviours and/or trauma. The children and young people that we see have been impacted in their development, close relationships, activities, education or work. There are a number of CYMHS teams across the Greater Brisbane and Pine Rivers regions. These multidisciplinary teams may include allied health professionals (e.g. psychologists, social workers, occupational therapists and speech pathologists), nursing, medical, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workers and administrative staff.
Services include Hospital based treatment; Day programs; Telepsychiatry;
Youth residential rehabilitation units and other specialty services like Assertive Mobile Youth Outreach Service (AMYOS) and Eating disorders clinics.
Since action has been taken on the Recommendations from the Commission of Inquiry into the closure of the Barrett Centre, the Department has established a Youth Mental Health group set up within the Mental Health Alcohol and Other Drugs Branch (MHAODB). Information on their work is available here:
and was initially summarised as follows:
Youth Mental Health Program Oversight Committee stablished by Mental Health Alcohol and Other Drugs Branch (MHAODB), Clinical Excellence Division, Department of Health will oversee the Youth Mental Health Program developed as result of the successful implementation of the Government response to the Barrett Adolescent Centre (BAC) Commission of Inquiry (COI) Report.
The Youth Mental Health Program has two streams – capital and reform. The Framework for Youth Mental Health Reform identifies five key areas of work:
- Strengthening child and youth mental health policy and planning in Queensland
- Transitions – child and youth mental health services to adult mental health services
- Adolescent Extended Treatment Services Enhancement which includes the capital stream of work
- Evaluation, Research, clinical quality and safety
- Dual Disability (intellectual disability and mental illness).