Not everyone within this age bracket is eligible. We have created a suitability criteria which the Upper Lachlan Shire Council have agreed upon for the purpose of the program. This is what it looks like:
Eligible Clients are defined as the following:
1. A child or young person, aged between 5 and 17 years old who lives at an address within the Upper Lachlan Shire Council and requires low intensity psychological interventions.
2. A child or young person who has been diagnosed with a developmental disorder (Autism/ADHD/ODD/other) and/or a disability, or has symptoms consistent with same, is able to receive talk therapies for co-morbidities experienced, such as a mood disorder or anxiety based disorder. Structured social skills programs, behavioural management programs or disability interventions that require specialist psychological therapies are excluded from this program. They may access these services under NDIS or a Better Mental Health Care Plan (BMHCP) from a GP to see a psychologist.
3. A child or young person who is at significant risk to themselves or others will require a BMHCP and a referral to a psychologist and are excluded from this program as they would require more intensive psychological supports.
4. A child or young person who presents with symptoms consistent with an eating disorder, personality disorder or enduring mental illness (such as schizophrenia or early onset psychosis) will require a referral via their GP for a BMHCP and are excluded from this program.
5. A child or young person who is affected by drug and alcohol addiction are excluded from this program and require a referral to a psychologist via their GP, or drug and alcohol team at community mental health.
6. If the child or young person is determined to be at significant risk of harm to themselves or others, or being harmed by others, a referral may be initiated to the NSW Mental Health Line, Family and Community Services and emergency services in line with the Psychologists Code of Ethics.
7. A child or young person who is 14 years or younger must have parental consent to access this program. Young people between the age of 15-17 do not need parental consent, however confidentiality and parent involvement may be necessary in cases which present significant risk of harm. Parental consent is preferred in all instances.