Getting on Track in Time (Got It!) is a new school-based mental health early intervention service being implemented by NSW Health Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services in partnership with Department of Education and Communities (DEC).
Implementation has commenced at all three nominated pilot sites: Mt Druitt, Dubbo, and Newcastle. NSW Health has recruited a total of 14 mental health clinicians across the pilot sites. Each site has identified an initial two schools for participation in the program.
The Mt Druitt steering committee held information sessions with 21 schools, received 12 applications, and began implementation of the program in two schools in Term 2 2011. Planning for implementation in two more schools in Term 3 has commenced. NSW Health has provided funding to support teacher release in all three sites for classroom teachers to be involved in the management and planning of the parent and student sessions.
Early observations are that parents are benefiting from the opportunity to learn new information and skills in managing children with identified mental health concerns. It is hoped that both the home and school environments will improve with more consistent home and school management.
More information on this program is available in the Keep Them Safe Annual Report 2010-11.