NSLHD: Proposed changes to Drug and Alcohol Child Youth Mental Health Services

Dear Member,

Northern Sydney Local Health District has advised the HSU of a proposed realignment within the Child and Youth Mental Health Service (CYMHS).

The NSW Ministry of Health Perinatal, Child and Youth, Mental Health Branch, has funded NSLHD to deliver a new evidence-informed therapeutic, mental health program. This new program is specifically for parents and caregivers who are pregnant or have children 0-4 years experiencing difficulties in the caregiver-child relationship associated with caregiver mental ill health and psychosocial vulnerabilities. The program is initially funded until June 2025.

The proposed Nurturing Connections: Caregiver- Child Relationship Service will be a multidisciplinary mental health service supporting these vulnerable priority populations.

NSLHD has also received additional funding through the Bilateral Perinatal Mental Health Program funding to employ a permanent 0.5 FTE Safestart Coordinator within Child and Youth Mental Health Services.

You can view the correspondence at the below links: 

What do you think?

It is important for union members to lead this discussion. How will this affect you?

Please send your feedback on this proposal to [E-Mail not displayed] by Wednesday, 22 May 2024, using the subject line NSLHD MHDA - Realignment of Child and Youth Mental Health Services.

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