What is the Youth Transitional Care Program?

The Youth Transitional Care Program (YTCP) is a 14 week program for young people aged 12–18 years in the Greater Newcastle area who are having a hard time with their mental health. This support program will give you the chance to talk, set up a recovery plan and learn to live your best life. You may receive further weeks of service if a high level of psychosocial support need persists.

We will work with you and your family to support your needs and help you find ways to stay healthy and out of hospital and the emergency department.

What kind of support can I expect?

You can expect one-on-one support from a truly caring recovery worker for the journey of the program.

We’ll work with you (and your family or other supports) to create a recovery plan that works for you. We will help connect you to other supports in the community if you need them.

We’ll give you tips on looking after yourself and your wellbeing, so you can develop the confidence to stay connected in school or work, and with family and friends. The recovery worker will support you however you need them to. Whatever your situation, background, cultural needs, or individual preferences, you’ll always be respected and heard.

Who is the Youth Transitional Care Program for?

The Youth Transitional Care Program is for anyone who:

  • is aged between 12 and 18 years of age
  • lives within one hour of Greater Newcastle
  • needs more support with their mental health challenges
  • finds it hard to cope with day-to-day life, like attending school, socialising or finding a job.
  • is not currently receiving adequate NDIS support or another similar support.

If you are under 14 years of age you will need a parent, carer or legal guardian to help you receive our support. If you are a parent or guardian of a child under 14 years of age who needs our services, we advise that you attend the first meeting with us.

What does it cost?

The Youth Transitional Care Program is a free service provided by Wellways. It is funded by The Primary Health Network (PHN) and delivered in collaboration with Hunter New England Local Health District.

How to access this service

All you need to do is send us your name, email address and mobile number and we will take it from there.

Email us at YTCP@wellways.org