Innovations in Practice
Innovations in Practice: Effectiveness of specialist adolescent outreach service for at-risk adolescents
Article first published online: 16 MAR 2012
© 2012 The Authors. Child and Adolescent Mental Health © 2012 Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health.
Child and Adolescent Mental Health
Volume 18, Issue 2, pages 116–119, May 2013
How to Cite
Chia, A., Assan, B., Finch, E., Stargatt, R., Burchell, P., Jones, H. and Heywood-Smith, J. (2013), Innovations in Practice: Effectiveness of specialist adolescent outreach service for at-risk adolescents. Child and Adolescent Mental Health, 18: 116–119. doi: 10.1111/j.1475-3588.2012.00654.x
- Issue published online: 11 APR 2013
- Article first published online: 16 MAR 2012
- Manuscript Accepted: 13 DEC 2011
- Austin Health Research Ethics Unit
- Assertive outreach;
Outcomes are reported for an assertive outreach team for adolescents that combines flexible service delivery (e.g. outreach) and broad-ranging interventions.
A retrospective evaluation over a 2-year period from 30 June 2006 to 30 June 2008 examined rates of hospitalisation, engagement with education and scores on the Child Global Assessment Scale (CGAS).
The sample showed statistically significant decreases in hospitalisation rates (from 47% to 17%) and increases in engagement with education (full-time attendance from 23% to 56%). There was a mean increase of 7.4 points on the CGAS.
An intensive, flexible and broad-ranging approach can be applied to adolescents who display at-risk behaviours and/or have high risk factors for poor long-term outcome.