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The Child Mental Health Service provides children with assistance for mental health disorders that would benefit from short-term treatment. If the needs of the child are more complex a longer term program to meet his/her needs may be required.
Clients are initially eligible for up six time-limited sessions, with an option for up to a further six sessions following a mental health review by their GP. While the focus of the treatment is on the child, sessions can involve family members. The GP may consider that in exceptional circumstances the client may require up to an additional six sessions above those already provided (up to a maximum total of 18 sessions per client per calendar year).
Exceptional circumstances are defined as a significant change in the child’s clinical condition or care circumstances which make it appropriate and necessary to increase the maximum number of sessions. It is up to the GP to review the client and determine that the client meets these requirements. In these cases a GP review is required and the exceptional circumstances noted in the request.
Infants and children can be referred by their GP, Paediatrician or Psychiatrist by completing an ATAPS referral form and a mental health treatment plan.
Parents/Guardians must give consent and receive the Client Rights & Responsibilities and Privacy Information brochures.
Please fax the completed ATAPS referral form and mental health treatment plan with parent/guardian consent to SWMML on 8742 4457.
A provisional referral can be made by an alternative professional who is approved by ATAPS and SWMML including Maternal Child Health Nurses, Preschool Field Officers, Directors of Kindergartens, Primary School Nurses and School Psychologists and Social Workers by completing the Child Mental Health Provisional Referral Form.
Please fax the completed Child Mental Health Provisional Referral Form with parent/guardian consent to SWMML on 8742 4457.
As a provisional referral does not require a mental health treatment plan, the client must visit their GP, preferably within two weeks of the first ATAPS session for a mental health treatment plan
Please contact Sheryl Tunnecliff for more information [email protected] ph.: 8731 6501
For Provisional Referrers: