Child and Youth Mental Health Service – Toowoomba
As part of the Acute and Community Mental Health Service, CYMHS provides a specialised mental health service for children and youth up to 18 years of age, who are at risk of developing or are experiencing severe and complex emotional and behavioural disorders and are living in the Toowoomba Health Service District. CYMHS is a secondary referral service and as such requires a referral from a health professional, school guidance officer or other counsellor. In cases of acute need, parents or the young person can access the service directly. It is essential that the family and as appropriate, the young person is aware of the referral. In situations where consent is not given, the referring person can discuss this with the CYMHS intake officer to determine how the referral can be facilitated. CYMHS staff are rostered for intake duty and can be contacted by phone between 8.30am and 4.30pm. If at this time the young person is not considered appropriate for the service, a staff member will facilitate any referral to another agency as appropriate. Following acceptance by CYMHS a case member is allocated who will make contact with the young person / family, the referring agent and other people involved in the young person’s life or treatment, with written consent from the young person or the parent / carer. The team includes a child Psychiatrist, Medical Officer, Psychologists, Mental Health Nurses, Social Workers, a Speech Pathologist and an Occupational Therapist. Case management is provided by the staff member most appropriate for the young person’s difficulties and treatment will be either provided or facilitated by the case manager. Treatments may include specific psychological or psychiatric treatments, individual or family counselling, crisis intervention, community liaison and education. A 6 bed inpatient unit provides acute hospital care.