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Youth Prevention and Recovery Centre, Step Up Step Down Service

YPARC Artist Impression

The Cairns and Hinterland Hospital and Health Service has secured $6 million to fund a new Youth Prevention and Recovery Centre (YPARC), Step Up Step Down Service.  

Who will use the facility?

The YPARC is a community based residential care facility for young people aged between 16 and 21 providing support for mental health and wellbeing. It is designed for young people who may be experiencing periods of distress which may be the result of such things as family breakup, trauma and mental health issues (e.g. Depression and Anxiety).  

YPARC is a six-bedroom short stay residential facility. The average length of stay will be between 14 and 28 days. It will be fully supervised with staff rostered 24hrs per day.

What is Step Up Step Down Care?

Based on a successful model from Victoria, YPARC will provide a step up step down model of service. Step up care is required when a young person requires more support than can be provided at home or in their current residential setting. It is used to help prevent hospital admissions and maintain an environment which is similar to home and relies on intense professional community support. This model helps the individual in their recovery but also maintains their connection to their community supports with their usual care providers.   

Stepping down is used to assist an early and seamless transition for young people when re-entering the community following an admission to hospital.  The service provides an increased level of support in the transitional period when a young person may be vulnerable to further stress.

The YPARC provides a ‘home-like’ residential environment and more importantly helps maintain contact and support from a young person’s usual family / carers.

Who will be eligible?

The facility will work with young adults who:

  • are aged between 16 and 21
  • are assessed as being of low risk for self harm or harm to others
  • without early health, would likely need care in an adult inpatient unit; or
  • are in an adult inpatient unit and who can be discharged to this facility for additional support prior to transitioning back into the community.

Consultation with community

The Health Service is in the process of consulting residents and businesses with properties near the site. Consultation and communication will continue throughout the construction process and beyond completion of the facility.

Questions and Answers

The Cairns and Hinterland Hospital and Health Service (the Health Service) has secured $6 million to fund a new Youth Prevention and Recovery Centre (YPARC). A YPARC is a community based residential care facility for people aged between 16 and 21 who require additional support for mental health issues and would otherwise be at home.
The YPARC will provide a safe and secure place of residence for young people requiring this level of care. The YPARC will be a substance-free facility (home-like, safe from alcohol and other drugs) to support a young person in their recovery.
Architecturally designed and purpose-built, the YPARC will be a landscaped, fenced, single-storey dwelling and will look much like any other home. The design will be in keeping with the model of care being provided, with minimal impact on the surrounding area.
The Health Service is in the process of consulting residents and businesses with properties near the site. Consultation and communication will continue throughout the construction process and beyond completion of the facility.
The YPARC model provides for people aged between 16 and 21 who require additional support for mental health issues. It is designed for people who would otherwise be at home and may be working through issues such as bullying, family breakup, trauma, mental ill health and abuse.
The average length of stay will be between 14 and 28 days.
It needs to be easily accessible by the community and part of the community – a critical step in the recovery process. This type of care centre can only be in a suburban area. The site will be close to other community facilities that will provide support to the centre like Community Health and Cairns Hospital.
All Queensland Government properties are subject to a Code of Conduct which prohibits the use of alcohol and drugs, including tobacco.  Staff will be present on site at all times. Queensland government staff, like residents, will not tolerate behaviours that will jeopardise safety of the young person themselves, staff or indeed the local public. YPARC is not a drug rehabilitation facility.  It is not a high security ward, a child safety residential service nor a young offender service. Young people who experience mental illness are more likely to be victims of crime than perpetrators.
Initially, there will be additional noise and traffic during construction. Long term, the traffic, noise and light impacts will be minimal. Services and activities will mostly occur in normal daylight hours. Any additional lighting will be consistent with existing lighting in the area.
Last updated: 4 October 2016

Contact us

Cairns and Hinterland Hospital and Health Service Communications Team
p: 4226 3345
e: chhhs-engagement@health.qld.gov.au