Authors: Brisbane Royal Children’s Hospital & Health Service District
Event: 2006 TheMHS Awards
Type of resource: TheMHS Awards
Award state: QLD
Award level: Finalist
Award category: Infant, Child and Adolescent
Abstract: Brisbane Royal Children’s Hospital and Health Service District Child and Youth Mental Health Service (RCH CYMHS) is an integrated service for children and young people (0-18 years of age) who are, or at risk of, experiencing severe and complex mental health problems and their carer networks. RCH CYMHS has developed an extensive range of clinical services to meet the needs of its clients, locally and statewide. It combines hospital and community-based facilities, allowing RCH CYMHS to address the whole spectrum of mental health care. Facilities include community clinics; an acute in-patient facility for children aged up to 14 years; an after-hours assessment and crisis intervention service; forensic child and youth services; e-mental health; and a number of early intervention programs. RCH CYMHS is strongly linked to the community and contributes substantially to education, training and development at a broader level. RCH CYMHS promotes a culture of continuous quality improvement in which a strong research focus is embedded with strategic and effective management. Description of Facility/Organisation: Brisbane Royal Children’s Hospital and Health Service District Child and Youth Mental Health Service (RCH CYMHS) was established in 1994 and is an integrated mental health service funded by Queensland Health. RCH CYMHS comprises three community clinics, providing support for up to 1000 clients at any one point in time, and coordinates a 10 bed in-patient unit for children (under 14 years) who require a hospital admission for management of a psychiatric crisis or illness. In addition to these services, CYMHS also provides a number of additional services to support specific at-risk groups.