Authors: Mission Australia: Triple Care Farm
Event: 2012 TheMHS Awards
Type of resource: TheMHS Awards
Award state: NSW
Award level: Silver
Award category: Clinical and Non-Clinical Services Supporting Recovery (Smaller Organisation)
Abstract: Triple Care Farm is a residential rehabilitation program for young people aged 16 - 24 years. Situated in the New South Wales Southern Highlands over an expanse of 110 acres, the program aims to give young people struggling with co-morbid substance addiction and mental illness, the space and opportunity to create a life worth living. Triple Care Farm takes a holistic approach to recovery, offering its participating young people, or “students,” opportunities to make real and lasting change through psychological intervention, case management support, vocation and education training and sport and recreation. Through such an approach, Triple Care Farm aims to provide individualised care across all areas of personal development. Underpinning this holistic care is the philosophy of personal responsibility; students are expected to be active participants in the program and are invited to direct their journey, constantly reflecting upon and discussing their goals as they progress towards recovery. Description of Facility/Organisation: Triple Care Farm is a “safe place for change” situated in the Southern Highlands, NSW. The program invites approximately 100 clients from across Australia to participate each year, with referrals being accepted from the young person themself, their families, mental health workers, juvenile justice, probation and parole, as well as many other agencies. Triple Care Farm is a non-government organisation with primary funding through Mission Australia and the Sir David Martin Foundation. Other major funding and sources include the Australian Government, donations from individuals, other community organisations and corporate bodies. Triple Care Farm is run to a budget of approximately $2.6M annually. “Students” at Triple Care Farm are assisted in their journey to recovery by 22.8 full time equivalent staff, from varying backgrounds and expertise, including; psychologists, social workers, vocational and educational trainers, musicians, youth and welfare workers, and many others.