General News — 10 April 2014
Qld Health to roll out mobile youth mental health outreach services

The State Government plans to roll out mobile treatment teams for children with mental health issues in regional Queensland.

Queensland Health has been reviewing its mental health program for children after the closure of the live-in Barrett Adolescent Centre in Brisbane.

A proposed model of care includes mobile outreach services on the Gold Coast, the Darling Downs, and in Townsville.bigstock-Teens-Problems-5584580

However, there is no mention of services in Cairns nor is there any recommendation to replace the Barrett Adolescent Centre.

The chief executive of Townsville mental health organisation SOLAS, Cathy O’Toole, says the outreach services will fill some of the gaps in regional services.

“To be able to provide a service locally in our community, from home, is absolutely the best result,” she said.

“I think we have all of the ingredients here to have a very viable and productive and beneficial service for young people.”

The State Government is expected to release more details soon.

This article first appeared on ABC News on 9 April, 2014.

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