Adventure Development Limited (ADL) will soon be delivering innovative and flexible Youth Primary Mental Health Brief Intervention Services (YPMHBIS) in the Southern district.

Southern DHB announced yesterday that ADL has been selected as the preferred provider for the delivery of the service in primary care settings to young persons aged 12-19 years.

ADL is a not-for-profit organisation helping young people and whānau who are dealing with alcohol and other drug issues and/or mental health difficulties.  They have offices in Dunedin, Timaru and Invercargill, a mobile team in the Central Lakes area, and cover other rural areas via mobile staff.  

The service will be provided by ADL through Thrive-Te Pae Ora, a service to meet the needs of rangatahi/young people experiencing mild and moderate mental health needs, substance use and co-existing problems, wherever they live in the Southern District. Thrive-Te Pae Ora promotes the early identification of developing mental health and/or addiction issues and provides interventions matched to the young person’s needs and circumstances.

“Service users will also have more choice of support through access to a digital platform, groups and face to face support from experienced, registered youth mental health practitioners.  Our existing strong, district-wide network of relationships and a commitment to navigate each young person to the right support will also ensure that our service users will have access to appropriate community resources and services,” says Adventure Development Limited Chief Executive, Clive McArthur.

Southern DHB General Manager, Mental Health, Addictions and Intellectual Disability Directorate, Louise Travers says “Thrive-Te Pae Ora is the first significant element in implementing a Stepped Care model in child and youth mental health and addiction services.  It’s a move forward in providing better outcomes for our child and youth mental health service users through a model of care that is tiered and integrated.

“ADL have the capability, experience and infrastructure to deliver YPMHBIS to meet the needs of young people across the Southern district, and we’re delighted that they will be delivering this service.”

Youth brief intervention services will continue to be provided by current providers in the community until the new service is up and running. ADL plan to be accepting referrals by 29 January 2018.

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