Health conditions

Mental illness hospital-based services for children and adolescents

CAMHS provides hospital-based, or acute, mental health services for children and young people.

Acute services deal with clients whose mental health condition is severe and who need urgent care. Acute services are provided in both a hospital and community setting. They include crisis and emergency response services.

To find contact details for these services and programs, use the National Health Services Directory find a health service search on the right-hand side of this page.

Acute Community Intervention Team

The Acute Community Intervention Team (ACIT) (external site) provides an alternative to hospital-based care by managing high-risk children and young people in the community for a limited period of time.

ACIT provides short term support for a period of 6 to 8 weeks. This can help the child or young person and their family until the problems stabilise and care can be passed to appropriate community-based professionals.

  • ACIT works with children and young people aged up to the age of 18 from the Perth metropolitan area.
  • ACIT operates 8.30am to 4.30pm, 7 days a week.
  • ACIT may visit children and young people and their family members at their home or in community settings.
  • Sometimes young people and their family members may be asked to attend a clinic appointment at PMH.
  • ACIT also works with young people following their discharge from Bentley Adolescent Unit and PMH Ward 4H.

View contact details on the National Health Services Directory (external site).

Acute Response Team

The Acute Response Team (ART) provides specialist mental health information, assessment and support for young people up to the age of 18, their families, main carer or support agency. Assessments may take place over the phone or in person.

Phone assessment

ART provides a 24 hours a day, 7 days a week mental health and risk assessment service over the phone, regarding children and young people with urgent mental health issues. If you are worried about the mental health of a child or young person, call 1800 048 636.

The mental health and risk assessment is made by one of ART’s health professionals. They can also provide information, advice and referral to mental health services that best meet the needs of the child or young person concerned.

In-person assessment

  • In the community: ART can conduct urgent mental health assessments for children and young people up to the age of 18 in the community in the Perth metropolitan area by calling the number in the phone assessment section above. These happen 7 days a week.
  • Referrals from Princess Margaret Hospital (PMH) (external site): ART provides face-to-face assessments for children or young people who are referred from PMH emergency department. These assessments are available 24 hours per day for young people up to the age of 16 years old.
  • Referrals from metropolitan hospital emergency departments: ART also provides consultations to health professionals in other metropolitan hospital emergency departments who see children and young people up to the age of 18 with acute mental health issues.

Acute Response Team brochure (external site)

View contact details on the National Health Services Directory (external site).

Bentley Adolescent Unit

Bentley Adolescent Unit (BAU) is a 12-bed ward at Bentley Health Campus which provides a statewide specialised service for young people aged up to 16 with severe mental health conditions.

BAU offers assessment, diagnostic services and treatment programs. Both voluntary and involuntary patients may be admitted to the BAU.

The BAU provides the following services:

  • mental health assessment
  • medical and psychiatric treatment
  • crisis intervention
  • psychological interventions
  • education for personal self-improvement
  • training, education and support for families.

Young people usually come into the BAU by transfer from another service such as an emergency department, a service in the community, Princess Margaret Hospital or through a booked admission.

The service is staffed by health professionals including mental health nurses, psychiatrists, medical staff, peer support workers, youth workers, psychologists, occupational therapists, social workers and teachers who support the patient’s schooling.

Bentley Adolescent Unit Welcome Pack for young people (external site).

Paediatric Consultation Liaison Program

The Paediatric Consultation Liaison Program (PCLP) operates out of PMH. This team provides an inpatient and outpatient service to support the mental health and wellbeing of PMH patients.

PCPL helps PMH patients with mental health issues. PCLP works with other hospital staff to ensure that the assessment and treatment of patients is comprehensive, timely, responsive and effective.

Where needed, team members work with the patient and their family to form an agreed treatment plan. The PCLP generally provides patients with short-term assistance (up to six months). PCLP team members may also refer the patient to other services which better meet the patient’s needs.

PCLP operates Monday to Friday from 8.30am to 5.00pm. The team is made up of:

  • consultant child and adolescent psychiatrists
  • psychiatric and paediatric registrars
  • clinical psychologists including consultant and senior clinical psychologists
  • an inpatient liaison nurse specialist
  • community mental health nurse specialists
  • a clinical neuropsychologist.

View contact details on the National Health Services Directory (external site).

Where to get help

  • See your doctor or contact your local community CAMHS service.
  • For urgent mental health issues the Acute Response Team is available 24 hours per day 7 days a week on 1800 048 636.
  • In an emergency attend an emergency department or call 000.

Remember

  • You are not alone – many young people will be experiencing the same challenges.
  • There are services that can work with you to support recovery.

Acknowledgements

Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service


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