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Title: The Adolescent Intensive Management Team: an intensive outreach mental health service for high-risk adolescents.
Authors: Assan, Ben;Burchell, Peter;Chia, Andrew;Coffey, Catherine;Floreani, Sophie;Weir, Jennifer;Hammond, Sabine Wingenfeld;Woods, Barbara
Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service, Austin Health, Heidelberg, VIC, Australia
Issue Date: 1-Dec-2008
Citation: Australasian Psychiatry : Bulletin of Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists; 16(6): 423-7
Abstract: The aim of this paper was to describe the Adolescent Intensive Management (AIM) team at the Austin Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS), a unique model of intensive outreach service with high-risk and difficult-to-engage adolescents, and describe the profile of clients referred to it.This study used a retrospective review of clients' data, collected through file audit, over a 12-month period.The result of the study showed that a 100% retention rate of adolescents with complex social, emotional and mental health needs is possible in a flexible and multi-system approach to service provision.Clients referred to the CAMHS' AIM team displayed a pattern of multiple risk factors and comorbidities. Low caseload of 8-10 clients per clinician allowed flexibility and a level of intensity to make any necessary changes in service provision to better suit the client's needs. The majority of clients showed improvement in functioning following intervention by the team.
Internal ID Number: 18608165
DOI: 10.1080/10398560801886021
Type: Journal Article
Subjects: Adolescent
Age Factors
Case Management.organization & administration
Child Abuse.psychology.statistics & numerical data
Cognitive Therapy
Combined Modality Therapy
Community Mental Health Services.organization & administration
Community-Institutional Relations
Cross-Sectional Studies
Mental Disorders.epidemiology.therapy
Patient Care Team.organization & administration
Psychoanalytic Therapy
Psychotropic Drugs.therapeutic use
Referral and Consultation.organization & administration
Retrospective Studies
Risk Factors
Sex Factors
Suicide, Attempted.prevention & control.psychology
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