Authors: Mission Australia Triple Care Farm
Event: 2010 TheMHS Awards
Type of resource: TheMHS Awards
Award state: NSW
Award level: Finalist
Award category: Infant, Child and Adolescent Services or Programs
Abstract: Triple Care Farm (TCF) is a safe place for change for young people who have gone off the track. What TCF provides, has been the result of a 20 year journey. Our destination is as a NGO drug and alcohol and mental health residential treatment program for young people aged 16-24. TCF is an integrated treatment program incorporating clinical and the non clinical programs. Clinical programs include a GP clinic, psychometric assessment and targeted intervention, health promotion in sexual health and nutrition, art therapy and case management. Non clinical programs include vocation, education and training, residential living skills, sport, recreation, music and art. Treatment outcomes are rigorously monitored and show to be effective in; • Increasing clients confidence to remain abstinent from drugs; • Reducing symptoms and severity of mental illness • Increase in the satisfaction in quality of life in most areas • Reduction in the severity of alcohol and other drug use. • Increase in engagement in employment and training • Increase in young people having secure accommodation Description of Facility/Organisation: Triple Care Farm is an 18 bed residential facility on the Southern Highlands of NSW. We field requests from all over Australia funded by the Federal Department of Health and Ageing, the Attorney General’s Department, NSW Education and Training and Juvenile Justice, the Sir David Foundation and community and corporate partners. Currently TCF operates with a $2M budget, 34% government funded, and funding is auspice through Mission Australia. TCF employs 25 (FTE) staff from multidisciplinary backgrounds, psychologists, general practitioners, counsellors, case managers, educators, recreational therapists, personal trainers, youth workers, farmers and tradesman and is supported by a wonderful, equally diverse mix of 20 volunteers. Throughout the year TCF supports various university and TAFE student placements in the fields of mental health, psychology, social work, therapeutic recreation, art therapy, Youth work, drug and alcohol work and counselling. TCF has 18 young people in the program for 12 weeks, 20 young people supported in aftercare for 6 months and around another 20 being supported in the process of assessment and admission. In 2009 TCF supported 63 new clients (not including those in the aftercare program or in the intake/assessment phase).