Nicholas Falconer

Queensland to have tiered youth mental health plan

QUEENSLAND is heading towards a new five-tiered, youth psychiatric care model.

That will include extra day programs - firstly at north Brisbane - and then a network of new outreach services and live-in facilties modelled on similar services in Victoria.

However, that will cost Queensland more than $20 million a year and many of the new facilities are still being planned, let alone built.

The new model has frustrated some parents, who took their children to the Barrett Adoelscent Centre at Wacol for 30 years. "The Barrett" was Queensland's sole live-in youth adolescent pyschiatric centre.

Stephen Stathis, the medical director of Queensland's child and youth mental health services, this week explained Queensland's new youth mental health model. 

Read more at Brisbane Times

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