Authors: Linda Leatherbarrow , QLD
Event: 2008 TheMHS Conference
Subject: Children and Youth, CHILD AND ADOLESCENT MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES,ETHICS, EQUITY,EVIDENCE-BASED PRACTICE, AND OUTCOME RESEARCH
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Abstract: This paper will describe the implementation and initial findings of the CYMHS Access CYMHS Evaluation (ACE) Project. The ACE Project aims to build evidence for how best practice can be achieved through implementation of a new intake and access model. A core goal of the service delivery model is to increase access for young people and families most in need of mental health services and reduce a range of barriers. The model’s effectiveness within the current service system is being evaluated against several key performance indicators in line with national mental health standards, including waiting time. With the implementation of specific allocation and booking procedures, CYMHS RCHHSD has achieved shorter waiting times, which are consistent across the service. This is a demonstration of the capability of the new intake and access model to produce best practice within the current service system. This paper will make some recommendations for implementation of demonstrated best practice.