Journal article

How can mental health practitioners collaborate with child welfare practitioners to improve mental health for young people in out of home care?

Katherine Monson, Helen Herrman, Kristen Moeller-Saxone, Cathy Humphreys, Carol Harvey

Early Intervention in Psychiatry | WILEY | Published : 2021

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Young people who grow up in out of home care have higher risk of poor mental health outcomes than peers who grow up with their family-of-origin. Interagency collaboration is an important service-level intervention to improve access to mental healthcare. However, few descriptions of collaboration provide guidance about collaboration between individual practitioners. AIM: This substudy aimed to contribute to a larger study-the Ripple project-through exploring the experiences of practitioners working across child welfare and mental health services regarding collaboration in the care of young people; and to identify practices that might enhance collaborative work and improve mental h..

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