Authors: Mental Health Co-ordinating Council (NSW) and The NSW Department of Community Services
Event: 2006 TheMHS Awards
Type of resource: TheMHS Awards
Award state: NSW
Award level: Winner
Award category: Mental Health Promotion or Mental Illness Prevention Program or Project
Abstract: The Dual Diagnosis Project is a partnership between the Department of Community Services (NSW) and the Mental Health Coordinating Council (NSW), in recognition of the growing numbers of children affected by parental dual diagnosis in child protection and health services in NSW. The project aimed to better equip families, carers and service providers to respond to the needs of children of parents with dual diagnosis, and was informed by recommendations from the literature and from consultation with parents, children, carers and service providers. Subsequently the project focussed on: Developing and providing training, practice tools and information for workers to identify and appropriately support and refer parents experiencing dual diagnosis and their children; Encouraging collaboration between service providers in meeting the needs of children and families where a parent has dual diagnosis; Developing and distributing support and information resources on dual diagnosis for children, parents, and carers. Description of Facility/Organisation: The NSW Department of Community Services (DoCS) is the leading NSW Government agency responsible for community services. DoCS work to promote the safety and wellbeing of children and young people and to build stronger families and communities. In particular those who are vulnerable and most in need. DoCS helps children, young people and families across a continuum of care. Our core work focuses on child protection, starting with early intervention strategies to help build stronger families and communities. DoCS work to protect children and young people from risk of harm and to provide care for children and young people who are not able to live with their families. The Mental Health Co-ordinating Council (MHCC) is the peak body for non-government organisations working for mental health throughout NSW. MHCC’s membership includes NGOs, both specialist and mainstream, and other bodies interested in mental health. MHCC aims to provide leadership and an independent public voice on mental health issues. MHCC facilitates effective linkages between the government, non-government and private sectors.