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Health Service Executive. (2010) Second annual child & adolescent mental health service report, 2009-2010. Health Service Executive.

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* 55 multi-disciplinary community Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services teams in place providing care and treatment plans to children and adolescents
* 7,651 new cases were seen by community CAMHS teams in the period October 1st 2009 to September 30th 2010
* Of 7,651 new cases, 47% were seen within 1 month of referral and 69% within 3 months of referral
* In the first 9 months of 2010, the majority (63%) of young people under 18 years of age, were admitted to Child and Adolescent Mental Health units

This report provides a comprehensive update of the current stage of development of HSE’s CAMHS services, as outlined in the “Vision for Change” policy. The annual report provides vital data on: the number of new cases seen; waiting time to be seen; and mental health problems presented by age and gender. In addition, the report provides data on the admission of young people under the age of 18 years for inpatient treatment.

Most children and adolescents enjoy good mental health, but studies have shown that 1 in 10 children and adolescents suffer from mental health disorders severe enough to cause impairment. Mental health disorders in childhood are also the most powerful predictor of mental health disorders in adulthood.The publication of the second annual report means that the HSE has the comprehensive information from which to monitor the mental health of our young people and which will inform the development of services which respond to their needs.

The expansion of Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) teams was one of the key recommendations of the 2006 strategy “A Vision for Change”. CAMHS provide specialist mental health assessment and treatment to young people by way of a multidisciplinary approach. A characteristic of CAMHS teams is that they can draw on their multidisciplinary makeup to undertake comprehensive and complex assessment and treatment approaches. In addition, they can provide packages of care where more than one professional or intervention is required in order to meet the needs of young person and their family or carers.

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