Statewide Adolescent Extended Treatment Model of Service for Jacaranda Place
‘The Mental Health Alcohol and Other Drugs Branch have overseen development of an Adolescent Extended Treatment (AET) Model of Service (MOS) and a Visual MOS for Jacaranda Place - the Queensland Adolescent Extended Treatment Centre.
The AET MOS describes a new, state-wide service element within the Queensland public child and youth mental health, alcohol and other drugs service system. This service element provides adolescents experiencing severe and complex mental health issues with extended inpatient treatment and rehabilitation that fully integrates mental health and educational/vocational components.
The AET MOS details the target population, the functions, operation and governance involved in the delivery of high quality and safe mental health services for adolescents with severe and complex mental health issues within the new centre.
Consistent with Government commitments, carers and consumers have been key stakeholders in the development of both models of service, as well as jacaranda Place partners Education Queensland.
Together the models of services will provide a framework for Children’s Health Queensland Hospital and Health Service, as operators of Jacaranda Place, to develop day to day processes in preparation for it’s opening in early 2020.
MHAODB will review both Models of Service for Jacaranda Place 12 months after it commences to ensure they remain accurate, relevant/current.
External Review Operationalising the Model of Service for Jacaranda Place
The new statewide Adolescent Extended Treatment (AET) subacute service component being developed in Queensland for young people has no precedent in Australia. As part of the model of service (MOS) development activities led by Queensland Health’s Mental Health Alcohol and Other Drugs Branch (MHAODB), Dr Paul Robertson was engaged as an external consultant in March 2019 to provide independent clinical and expert advice on operationalising the MOS.
Advice was requested to take into account:
- fidelity to the model
- safe delivery of services
- integration of services
- flexibility to meet the unique needs of the cohort of young people that might use the service in the future.
Dr Robertson’s April 2019 report, External Review Operationalising the Model of Service for the Statewide Adolescent Extended Treatment Centre advises on both the AET MOS (for 12 residential inpatient beds) and Day Treatment MOS (for 10 day treatment places in an integrated Day Program) to inform the staffing profile of Jacaranda Place.