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What is Youth Step Up, Step Down?

Youth Step Up, Step Down provides the opportunity to recharge, reflect and develop new skills with the support of a collaborative team.

The program provides a ‘step up’ from the community into a highly supportive environment for young adults who may be becoming unwell and at risk of a hospital admission.

It also provides a 'step down' for young adults who have been unwell, admitted to a psychiatric in-patient unit and who would benefit from additional support to transition back into the community.

We aim to provide a safe and comfortable environment while delivering supports, matched, and timed to participants’ identified priorities.

How does Youth Step Up, Step Down help?

We work with people to bring about positive change and support them to build an independent and fulfilling life within their community.

Youth Step Up, Step Down provides:

  • 24-hour support in a residential setting (in Kambah, ACT)
  • An allocated key worker for the duration of your stay (up to three months)
  • Assistance in developing skills to live independently at home
  • Help with re-engaging with family, friends, and the community
  • Support in developing skills and independence in a variety of life areas, including employment and study
  • Assistance connecting with people, places, and things where you feel welcome and valued
  • Help with managing your mental health and wellbeing

How to access this service

Mental health or other community service providers can seek a referral for this program from a clinician.

The following people are eligible for Youth Step Up, Step Down:

  • A person aged between 18 and 24 years and 11 months
  • A person who is receiving clinical management through ACT Mental Health, Justice Health and Alcohol and Drug Services.

For more information, visit Canberra Health Services website or contact a clinician on 0481 006 496.