Assertive Mobile Youth Outreach Services
At Assertive Mobile Youth Outreach Services, we specialise in adolescent and family mental health with a focus on those who experience severe and complex mental health presentations. We provide safe, high quality triage, assessment and treatment interventions for all of our clients. We will involve you in decision making, keep you informed, ask for your input, offer you choices and respect your privacy. By working together, we will support you to get back on track.
The Assertive Mobile Youth Outreach Service is recovery oriented – this means we recognise and help build on your strengths for better health and wellbeing. Our plans and actions may also involve working with other agencies or service-providers for a joint understanding of how best to help you. Your plans may include:
- mental health assessments
- individual therapy
- family therapy
- group work
- referrals to other teams within Child and Youth Mental Health Service.
Who will I see?
Our multidisciplinary team may include allied health professionals (psychologists, social workers, occupational therapists and speech pathologists), nursing, medical and administrative staff. You may see one or more members of the Assertive Mobile Youth Outreach Services team, depending on your needs. Our team has a team leader and psychiatrist who will oversee your care.
If you speak a language other than English, we will arrange a free interpreter.
Who can access this service?
Young people can access the Assertive Mobile Youth Outreach Services if they are:
- aged between 13-18 years
- a current client of Child and Youth Mental Health Services
- feeling highly distressed and/or engaging in some risky behaviours
- at risk of deterioration in their emotional and social wellbeing
- experiencing severe and complex mental health difficulties
- live within the Greater Brisbane/Pine Rivers area.
This service is available for young people living in the greater Brisbane area. Please call us on 07 3084 2100 to see if your suburb falls within our catchment.
Do I need a referral?
You will need a formal referral to access this service.
How do I get a referral?
The Assertive Mobile Youth Outreach Services accept referrals from:
- Community Child and Youth Mental Health Service Clinics
- Evolve Therapeutic Services
- Forensic Child and Youth Mental Health Service
- Child and Youth Mental Health Service Day Programs.
Other referral information
Referrals to Assertive Mobile Youth Outreach Services are made by your current mental health team (for example, your community Child and Youth Mental Health Services team or Evolve). Prior to making a referral your team will talk about Assertive Mobile Youth Outreach Services with you and your family/carers, and seek your consent for a referral to be made. When you are independent from your parents/carers, you will be asked to provide informed consent where possible. You will be encouraged to involve your parents/carers in treatment where appropriate.
When Assertive Mobile Youth Outreach Services receives a referral for you, they will discuss this referral at their multidisciplinary team meeting. The team will consider if Assertive Mobile Youth Outreach Services is the best service to meet the needs of your family/carers.
If Assertive Mobile Youth Outreach Services is considered the best service for you, they will assign you a case manager from the team. Your case manager will arrange an assessment appointment, provide case co-ordination and undertake liaison with others involved in your care. Over a period of six weeks Assertive Mobile Youth Outreach Services and the current treating team work together to support your transition to the Assertive Mobile Youth Outreach Services team.
If Assertive Mobile Youth Outreach Services is not the best service for you, the team will make recommendations about the best course of action.
Information for health professionals
The purpose of this service is to enhance existing mental health care for young people who are high risk, have complex and/or severe mental health needs and who are difficult to engage in traditional mental health services. Assertive Mobile Youth Outreach Services aims to promote the recovery and well-being of consumers by working directly with the young person, their family/carers, friends, and other service providers to develop a system of support and care. The service adopts a flexible outreach approach to engagement and treatment, and can see young people and their families/carers in their home, school, or other community settings.
Referrals are made by the principle service provider of the current treating team to Assertive Mobile Youth Outreach Services directly. Referrals to Assertive Mobile Youth Outreach Services are made over the phone where information about the client’s presenting problem, history of engagement with services and reason for referral will be gathered.
Who may benefit from this service
- Young people aged 13-18 years with severe and complex mental health issues who have had difficulty engaging with community mental health services.
- Young people exhibiting high risk and problematic behaviour.
- Young people at risk of deterioration with significant deficits in psychosocial functioning.