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Future Directions for Child and Youth Mental Health Services: Queensland Mental Health Policy Statement

Australia Queensland Health Country Resources Child and Youth Mental Health Policies, Laws, Strategies & Plans, Service Standards Queensland 31 December 1996 Policy document child and adolescent mental health, mental health care, mental health service

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Queensland Health's first policy statement on child and youth mental health. The policy was guided by the following principles;

- Each child or young person with serious level of disturbance, or at risk, should have timely access to high quality mental health service which take in to account of family and social circumstances and cultural and language differences.
- Service provision should include the development of strategies for identification and early intervention targeting those with known risk factors
- Mental health services for children and youth must be flexible and individually tailored taking into account developmental and social contexts as well as clinical need
- Children and young people need to be able to make informed decisions and be involved in the processes affecting them
- Services should be developed, delivers and evaluated with the involvement of consumers and carers
- mental health services for children and youth will be coordinated between adult mental health, general health, welfare and education services in ways that ensure children and youth have access to the particular mix of services they require.
- The service approach will maximize the support given to the child's caring network, including parents, and build on existing strengths and opportunities within their environment.

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