Continuing Adolescent Life Management – CALM (Ted Noffs Foundation)

Provides up to three years of aftercare for young people who have completed the PALM program.

Telephone: (02) 6123 2400
Mailing Address: PO Box 7132, Watson ACT 2602
Email address: calmact@noffs.org.au
Website: www.noffs.org.au
Location: 23 East Row, Canberra city ACT (in the bus interchange opposite IGA)
Parent organisation: Ted Noffs Foundation

Access Information

Maximum waiting time for service: 

  • No waiting period

Target Group:

  • 13-21 years of age
  • Young men, women and couples (including same sex couples) and with accompanying children
  • Accepts both ACT and interstate residents

Documentation required:

  • No documentation required

When and how to access:

Operating hours: Program operating hours are 9am – 5pm (Monday – Friday), office hours are 9am – 5pm (Monday – Friday)
Ways to access: Drop-in (no appointment required), home visits and outreach
Referrals accepted from: Self, friend/family, another service, GP, Courts, Police, but no referral required

Assessment

  • Assessments required
  • Over the phone
  • Appointment required
  • Takes over 1 hour

Specialist ATOD assessment includes:

  • Comprehensive alcohol, tobacco and other drug assessment
  • Comprehensive mental health history
  • Basic physical health & medical history
  • Social and family history
  • Domestic and family violence screening
  • Criminal and legal history
  • Includes other assessments such as criminal history, family history, history of trauma, strengths assessment

Programs

Program type: Drop in and aftercare

Duration and intensity: Young people can be supported for up to 3 years

Philosophical approach: Harm minimisation

Additional program description: Provides up to three years of aftercare for young people who have completed the PALM program. Life coaching, mentoring, music, art and community connection are available. Counsellors are available from 9am – 5pm (Monday – Friday). This program also involves motivational interviewing, art therapy and other therapeutic supports through onsite and external facilitators.

Additional supports available:

  • Vocational education (i.e. Support young people to access work or education)
  • Employment / work placement / traineeships / job readiness support (i.e. Provide access to support services)
  • Living skills
  • Aftercare (i.e. Follow up phone calls, ongoing counselling)
  • Mentoring

Mental Health

  • Relationships with Mental Health ACT (i.e. Maintaining joint management)
  • Staff have mental health training
  • Partnerships with mental health services (i.e. Outreach into headspace)
  • Groups on stress, anxiety and depression
  • Mental Health Specialist (i.e. Psychologist)

Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander

  • Staff undertake Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural awareness training
  • Partnerships with Gugan Gulwan Youth Aboriginal Corporation and Winnunga Nimmityjah Aboriginal Health Service to support young Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people
  • The organisation has a Reconciliation Plan and utilises the ACTCOSS Cultural Awareness Self Assessment Toolkit

Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD)

  • Access to interpreter services
  • CALD services in-reach

Tobacco Management

  • Completely smokefree
  • Screen for tobacco use
  • Provide tobacco brief interventions
  • Provide access to subsidised or free nicotine replacement therapies including multiple types of NRT
  • Service has a workplace tobacco management policy

Cost

No cost

Staff available

  • ATOD Worker (Non-clinical)
  • Counsellor

Help for Families & Carers

  • Information and education offered to families and carers
  • Counselling can be offered for family and carers at the request of the young person

Bimberi Youth Justice Centre

  • Counselling (i.e. At the request of the young person)
  • Information and education (i.e. At the request of the young person)

Other Information

  • Provides support letters for people to access Housing ACT
  • Preparation of reports for Care and Protection
  • Preparation of reports for Courts

Last Updated on August 2018

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