Authors: Patrizia Fiorillo, Julie Ward
Event: 2002 TheMHS Conference
Subject: book of proceedings, Child And Adolescent Mental Health Services, Young People: Acute & Residential Care Settings
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Abstract: Over the past three years, the St. George Acute Community Care Team (ACCT) has expanded its role to include infants, children and adolescents in acute crisis and their families. The development of a new Infant, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (ICAMHS) based in the same Mental Health Centre has been the catalyst of these practice changes.
Changes in the Intake system, assessment process and focus, role and scope of crisis intervention and planned follow-up have been surprisingly easy, considering the complex population served. This change has been enhanced by the secondment of an acute community care clinician to the ICAMHS, acting as a vehicle for the normalisation and integration of this essential service into acute care practice.
This paper focuses on the increased access of infants, children and adolescents to the ACCT and ICAMHS services, how the two services have integrated their work, and the challenges and successes of new clinical knowledge and skills in often very complex family situations.