Youth Prevention and Recovery Centre, Step Up Step Down Service
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.