Journal article

Implementing a Primary Mental Health Service for Children: Administrator and Provider Perspectives

Bridget Bassilios, Angela Nicholas, Maria Ftanou, Justine Fletcher, Lennart Reifels, Kylie King, Anna Machlin, Jane Pirkis

JOURNAL OF CHILD AND FAMILY STUDIES | SPRINGER | Published : 2017

Abstract

The Child Mental Health Service (CMHS) is an Australian primary care program introduced in July 2010 to provide mental healthcare to children who have, or are at risk of, developing psychological disorders. The Australian Government provided supports (e.g., training for mental health professionals), resources (e.g., funding for positions devoted to fostering inter-agency linkages or partnerships) and various flexibilities in service delivery. This study aimed to explore the processes used in the implementation of the CMHS in order to achieve its objectives of delivering a high quality standard of service, and forging linkages and support networks with other relevant health and non-health age..

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