Youth Residential Rehabilitation Units

Youth residential rehabilitation units (Youth Resi’s) help young people with severe or complex mental health needs who would benefit from long-term accommodation plus recovery-oriented care. A Youth Resi works with young people to support them to gain the skills they need for independent living and emotional well-being. Resi’s also help young people to develop and maintain links with their family, the community and social networks, as well as education and work opportunities. There is a Youth Resi in North Brisbane and South Brisbane. Referrals to a Youth Resi are made via a CYMHS Community Clinic or Adult Mental Health Service.

Who can access this service?

A Youth Resi may suit a young person if they:

  • are aged between 16 and 21 years of age
  • are experiencing severe or complex mental health problems
  • continue to receive mental health care provided by Child and Youth, or Adult Mental Health Services
  • are willing to participate voluntarily in the program
  • will likely benefit from the care that is available at the residential facility which is located within the community.

Catchment area

Greater Brisbane metro and Pine Rivers regions and beyond, where the young person is able to remain actively engaged with their referring mental health team.

Do I need a referral?

You will need a formal referral to access this service.

How do I get a referral?

Please speak with your Child and Youth Mental Health Service or Adult Mental Health worker regarding whether the Youth Resi might be an option for you.

Information for health professionals

Youth residential rehabilitation units (Youth Resi’s) assist adolescents with severe or complex mental health needs who require long-term accommodation and recovery-oriented care. A Youth Resi aims to teach young people the life skills they need to achieve and maintain independence and emotional well-being. They also help young people to develop and maintain links with their family, the community and social networks, as well as education and work opportunities. Currently, there is a Youth Resi in Greenslopes and Aspley. Referral to a Youth Resi is made via a CYMHS Community Clinic or Adult Mental Health Services.

Find more information about the Resi’s (available internally to staff of Queensland Health).

Referral instructions

Referrals to a Youth Resi are usually initiated by a Child and Youth or Adult Mental Health Clinician (the Primary Service Provider).

A young person will be ineligible for the Youth Resi if they:

  • require admission to an acute inpatient mental health unit
  • are considered to be at high risk of suicide
  • are actively engaging in threatening, aggressive, destructive, or antisocial behaviours
  • primarily need support with substance misuse issues (the Youth Resi does not have the capacity to manage withdrawal/detoxification or to support young people who continue to actively use substances of dependence)
  • their primary problem to be addressed is accommodation.