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DHSChild and Youth Mental Health Service Redesign Demonstration Projects

Regional Partnership Group

The DHS Regional Director will be asked to convene a Regional Partnership Group.  The Regional Partnership Group will comprise managers and service leaders of state and local government programs to advise on and support demonstration activity. Representatives will be sought from early years programs, schools — student wellbeing and support services, drug and alcohol services, child and family support services (CHILDFIRST), youth services, Child Protection, Out of Home Care and Youth Justice. Representation from schools and early childhood services will be sought through the Regional Director of the Department of Education and Early Childhood in the two project areas. Representation of early childhood, child and family support and youth services provided through local government will also be sought.

The Partnership Group will act as a planning partner for the consortium, sharing information about the role that a broader range of services can play in mental health care and providing opportunities to link or build networks and joint endeavours that can better support mental health reform across health, education and support sectors.

Statewide Advisory Group

A Statewide Reform Advisory Group will be convened by the Mental Health and Drugs Division. The membership of this group will consist of key leaders and stakeholders in child and youth mental health service provision including consumers and carers. The purpose of this group will be to advise on project directions, evaluation and monitoring, workforce development and the applicability of demonstration project work to broader system reform. The Advisory Group will also provide a forum for ongoing discussion and planning on how the projects align with and the support the broader statewide reform program.

Workforce development program

A workforce development program will be established to support services undertaking projects. The Statewide Advisory Group will also assist in determining the scope of activities and training priorities.   

The Mental Health and Drugs Division will contribute funding to a workforce development program that will provide education and training focused on service leadership and reform, change management and the knowledge and skills required to deliver new service models and approaches. A priority will be to identify the skills required to deliver a reformed evidence-based system (for example, partnership development, phase specific care, single-session assessments, brief evidence-based interventions, family therapy, education and support, day program group skills, consultancy skills and shared care, care pathways and partnerships).

As a first priority, workforce development activities will address the needs of staff involved in the demonstration projects. They will, however, also be made available and promoted to mental health services more broadly across the state.

The development of the program will draw upon the expertise, experience and advice of those organisations already involved in education and training in these areas.

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