Authors: Mission Australia
Event: 2004 TheMHS Awards
Type of resource: TheMHS Awards
Award state: NSW
Award level: Finalist
Award category: Dual Diagnosis
Abstract: Triple Care Farm Mission Australia in a non government organisation that provides a residential rehabilitation program for young people with complex needs including mental health illness, substance misuse and behaviour issues. TCF works with clients from across Australia with a high percentage of referrals received from NSW and ACT. Triple Care Farm operates a 24 hour a day 7 day per week service, with a team of 12 full time staff, 9 part time staff and 8 volunteers and an operating budget of over $1 million dollars annually. Triple Care Farm accommodates up to 18 young people at a time and supports young people when they return to the community through the aftercare program. At any one time Triple Care Farm is servicing up to 40 young people through the rehabilitation program and the aftercare program. Description of Facility/Organisation: Triple Care Farm, Mission Australia is an accredited, medium term holistic residential treatment program for young people aged 16 to 21 years with complex needs including mental health problems and substance use disorders. It is a voluntary program, and accepts both state wide and interstate referrals. There are a number of components to the Triple Care Farm program. These include the residential unit, sport and recreation program, a vocational / educational program, counselling and case management program and placement and aftercare program. Triple Care Farm’s aims to assist young people through: Rehabilitation and treatment; Reducing the use of illicit drugs; Reducing the risk of infectious diseases; Improving physical and psychological health; Improving social functioning. It is designed to educate, entertain and inform. The CD features young people’s stories, writing, poetry, art, theatre and music. The first production run of 18,000 CDs will be distributed to high schools, health services, youth services, councils, community centres and non-government organisations at no cost. Every year-eleven student in the Mid North Coast will be given a copy. High Schools are offered a classroom kit including CDs, user manual and tools to aid integration with curriculum.
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