Youth Health and Rehabilitation Service (YHaRS)

In partnership with the Department of Human Services, YHaRS is operated by a consortium of YSAS, St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne and Caraniche and from 1 January 2014 provides:

  • health services for Parkville Youth Justice Precinct, Malmsbury Youth Justice Precinct and Secure Welfare (from 1 July 2014), and 
  • rehabilitation programs for Parkville Youth Justice Precinct, Malmsbury Youth Justice Precinct and community youth justice teams across Victoria

YHaRS harnesses the combined expertise and experience of the three organisations to enable a trauma-informed, family-inclusive, therapeutic, holistic and integrated service for children and young people in youth justice settings.

YHaRS is:
  • 1. In partnership, building relationships and responding to the needs of young people, youth justice management and staff, school staff and key stakeholders.
  • 2. Respectful, non-judgemental and supportive of each other, young people, DHS youth justice, DEECD staff and key stakeholders; we are guided by the values of compassion, justice and excellence.
  • 3. An advocate for the right of young people to access the services that they need and that are equivalent to what they would receive in the community.
  • 4. An integrated service across health and rehabilitation, embedding the methodology of Services Connect (key worker, one assessment, one plan).
  • 5. Transition focussed, supporting the safe return of young people to the community through effective exit planning and active links with community supports through a Service Enhancement Group and innovative practice.
  • 6. Committed to person centred and holistic care, putting the young person at the centre of their assessment, case planning and treatment responses and utilising current best practice in adolescent health assessment and intervention.
  • 7. Committed to therapeutic, trauma-informed and early intervention  with young people that identifies and addresses risky and harmful behaviour, offending and mental health issues
  • 8. Strengths-based and family inclusive that supports young people to set and achieve appropriate goals and re-establish appropriate relationships with their families.
  • 9. Committed to quality through service excellence, continuous improvement and  strong clinical governance that delivers expert, evidence-based, ethical  practice.
  • 10. Values based and committed to ensuring the service is focussed on compassion, justice and excellence.

For further information please contact:

Christine Crosbie
YHaRS Director
ccrosbie@ysas.org.au 

YHaRS harnesses the combined expertise and experience of the three organisations to enable a trauma-informed, family-inclusive, therapeutic, holistic and integrated service for children and young people in youth justice settings.
HEALTH SERVICES

At these settings, the health services comprise:

  • delivery and coordination of the health services
  • screening children and young people on admission to a youth justice custodial precinct or secure welfare
  • assessing children and young people’s ongoing primary health needs during the course of their placement
  • planning and delivering interventions based on clinical assessments
  • contributing to transition and discharge planning and ensuring that health information is transferred to a new health provider, as required

THE HEALTH SERVICES SPECIFICALLY INCLUDE:

  • Risk screening for immediate needs and planning
  • Health assessments
  • Health care planning
  • Medication management
  • Allied health and diagnostic services
  • Identification and treatment of communicable diseases
  • Dental services
  • Immunisation services
  • Mental health, including psychiatric support and consultation
  • Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) assessment and interventions
  • Health promotion and illness prevention
REHABILITATION PROGRAMS

At these settings, the rehabilitation programs comprise:

  • delivery and coordination of the rehabilitation programs
  • assessment of children and young people’s rehabilitation needs
  • planning and delivering interventions based on clinical assessments
  • contributing to transition and discharge planning and ensuring that referrals are to other providers are made smoothly and transfer of information is done in a timely manner.

THE REHABILITATION PROGRAMS SPECIFICALLY INCLUDE:

  • the Male Adolescent Program for Positive Sexuality (MAPPS)
  • the Adolescent Violence Intervention Program (AVIP)
  • the Intensive Therapeutic Service (ITS)
  • forensic mental health assessments and treatment