Authors: Jenny Anders, VIC
Event: 2001 TheMHS Conference
Subject: book of proceedings
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Abstract: A system to enable earlier identification and intervention with adolescents at high risk has been developed by the High Risk Adolescent (HRA) Reference Group in Gippsland Victoria. The HRA Reference Group, consisting of Government and non-government agencies is a forum for discussing service fragmentation and multi service strategies in responding to HRA. Case studies revealed that Police, Teachers and General Practitioners are often aware of High Risk Adolescents before other support services. A Common Assessment and Referral System has been developed to simplify the process for these professionals to refer into services therefore enabling earlier intervention. The Common Assessment and Referral System operates across all Police Stations in the Gippsland Region and is being introduced to primary and secondary schools and medical practices. In addition to enabling earlier identification of High Risk Adolescents, the Common Assessment and Referral System has facilitated improved communication and relationships between Police, Youth Services and High Risk Adolescents. The system has been operating for over 2 years and has since been replicated in other regions of Victoria. Evaluation confirms that the initial aims of earlier identification and intervention with HRA is being achieved and that the service sectors are more co-ordinated, connected and understanding of each others roles.