Youth Step Up Step Down (SUSD) services are another integral part of a full suite of service provision for the cohort of young people that are dealing with mental health issues that are severe and persistent.
SUSD services offer intensive, short-term support for young people to ‘step up’ (i.e. move to a more in-depth form of treatment) from the community as well as enabling timely discharge for young people to ‘step down’ (to a less intensive form of treatment) . The aim is to reduce the likelihood of admission to hospital care for those whose needs aren’t being met treatment in their local community and to provide a graduated transition from those discharged from hospital care to home/community (often facilitating an earlier release from hospital into an environment where the focus is not simply on clinically stabilising a crisis).
Such programs provides care and recovery planning with the young person and their family, carer and significant others. They deliver both clinical and non-clinical support services in a community rehabilitative and residential setting and to be effective for young people with severe and complex mental health issues, they must be dedicated to those in adolescence to early adulthood.