HSE mental health services are committed to the continued development of quality mental health services for children and adolescents. In keeping with this commitment we are pleased to publish this HSE Child and Adolescent Mental Health (CAMHS) Operational Guideline 2019. This Operational Guideline is based on the dedicated and consistent work of the staff of the mental health services and has been developed to provide consistency and transparency in how HSE CAMHS are delivered throughout the country.
CAMHS are specialist mental health services for those aged up to 18 years, who have reached the threshold for a diagnosis of moderate to severe mental health disorders who require the input of a multi-disciplinary mental health team (approximately 2% of the population). We continue to seek to maximise the use of available resources to respond to the priority mental health needs of children and adolescents.
The HSE published the CAMHS SOP in 2015. This Operational Guideline is published following an extensive review and consultation process of that document to take into consideration the views of service users, family members, front line staff and management working within HSE mental Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services and in other organisations working with children and
adolescents. As a result, there has been a significant number of changes made to the 2015 document to reflect the feedback received and this has been re-drafted as a new CAMHS Operational Guideline.
National Director, Community Operations