Latest Journal

Click here for a copy of our latest Journal Edition. Volume 10, Issue 1, 2019.

 

E-list

Join our free e-list here to receive resources, primarily the CHW School-Link Journal, and from time to time other relevant material concerning the mental health of children and adolescents with an intellectual or developmental disability.

Guidelines on Pathways to Care

A guide for parents and carers: Guidelines on Pathways to Care for children and adolescents with intellectual disability and challenging behaviour and/or mental health problems.  

Quick Link to the MOU

Devlopmental Psychiatry Clinic Evaluation

The Developmental Psychiatry Clinic has been evaluated by the Centre for Disability Studies. Access the document by clicking on the image below.

MOU between ADHC and Health
Excutive Summary

View the executive summary of the "Leading the Way in Mental Health and Intellectual Disability" needs analysis report here.

   

About Us 

The NSW School-Link Initiative has been addressing mental health in schools since 1999. The Children’s Hospital at Westmead (CHW) has recognised the potential to further develop the existing School-Link Initiative by focusing on students with an intellectual disability.

In 2009, the CHW School-Link Project, in partnership with the Department of Education and Training and MH-Kids scoped the professional needs of school counsellors of students with an intellectual disability in NSW government Schools for Specific Purposes in the following three areas:

1) Assisting in the pathways to care for students with mental health problems and disorders.

2) Supporting the implementation of school based mental health promotion, prevention programs, and early intervention programs.

3) The training and education needs of school counsellors.

The result of the scoping project was funding from the NSW Health Mental Health and Drug and Alcohol Office (MHDAO) for a four year CHW School-Link Initiative that we will proudly implement with our partners at MH-KIDs, The NSW Department of Education and Training and the Ageing Disability and Home Care, Department of Human Services NSW (ADHC).

Some of the activities that we are planning over the next four years include:

  • Developing a communication plan to raise awareness to a wider constituency on the mental health needs of children and adolescents with an intellectual disability.
  • Developing better understanding of criteria for identifying children and adolescents who have an intellectual disability and mental health problems.
  • Supporting improvements in pathways to care for children and adolescents with an intellectual disability.
  • Developing a learning module to address the needs of school and mental health staff working with children and adolescents with mental health problems and disorders and an intellectual disability.
  • Supporting school and mental health staff who work with students with mental health problems and disorders and an intellectual disability.
  • Supporting the development of prevention and early intervention programmes/strategies for students with an intellectual disability in SSPs.
  • Developing a multidisciplinary framework for working with children and adolescents with mental health problems and disorders and an intellectual disability across agencies.
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