Day Program North offers an intensive mental health service for young people aged 13-18 years. The Day Program works closely with Education Queensland to provide an integrated education and mental health treatment service. Young people attend the program up to 5 days per week and remain living at home and engaged in their local community. Young people attend the program for a period of up to 6 months.
Day Program staff members work collaboratively with young people and their families, carers and other support networks. We work with you to identify your goals and develop an individualised program to help you reach those goals. Parents and carers are an essential part of their child’s recovery and also participate in the program by attending meetings and other activities. This is negotiated as part of the plan.
All young people who come to the Day Program are assigned a key worker. The key worker is staff member of the Day Program’s multidisciplinary team and may be an allied health worker (like a social worker, psychologist or occupational therapist) or a clinical nurse. At the Day Program we call your key worker a Recovery Facilitator. They will work with you in supporting your recovery.
Young people are referred to our service only by a mental health provider. Almost all referrals are received from community Child and Youth Mental Health Services. Talk with your Child and Youth Mental Health Service worker about whether Day Program could help you.
The Day Program North is located at Chermside and you will need to be able to get there and home every day.
Please note that the Day Program North works closely with Education Queensland to provide schooling to participants on site as part of the program. While you will attend school each day at the Day Program, you will need to remain enrolled in your local school. We will talk with you about how all of this works.
Who can access this service?
A day program intervention is likely to enhance recovery, increase functioning and reduce mental health symptoms.
Referrals are accepted for young people aged 13–18 who are currently receiving a service from a community Child and Youth Mental Health Service team, though are now requiring a more intensive service.
Young people being referred must also be:
- 13-18 years
- eligible for school enrolment
- able to get to Chermside
- experiencing severe and chronic mental illness, often impacting on functioning
- already tried first line mental health interventions and assessments, usually over a long period of time
- in need of more intensive mental health support than what is currently provided.
The program is available to children and young people who live in the greater Brisbane metropolitan area who can get to Chermside daily.
Do I need a referral?
You will need a formal referral to access this service.
How do I get a referral?
Referrals to the Day Program are primarily via community Child and Youth Mental Health Service.
If you would like to know more about the Day Program, please speak with your community Child and Youth Mental Health Service team.
Information for health professionals
In most instances, young people and their families will have tried community Child and Youth Mental Health Service treatment over a period of time without success. The Day Program is an intensive service component on the continuum of child and adolescent mental health care.
Child and Youth Mental Health Service teams can contact the Day Program Team Leader to discuss or make a referral.
t: 07 3084 2100
When making a referral, the community Child and Youth Mental Health Service clinician will have available a recent (2 weeks) Consumer Care Review Summary that includes the case formulation, an updated risk screen and a note of the discussion and agreement by the current treating team to refer to the Day Program. The corresponding Outcomes Collection will also be available.
(Private mental health practitioners can contact the Team Leader if they wish to refer a young person who meets the criteria detailed.)