Homeless Youth Dual Diagnosis Initiative Program

Homeless Youth Dual Diagnosis Initiative

Eastern Homeless Youth Dual Diagnosis Initiative (HYDDI) focuses on developing the knowledge and abilities of youth Specialist Homelessness Services workers in the East of Melbourne, to identify and respond with early intervention to the complex needs of young people experiencing homelessness.

What does the program offer?

The initiative fosters ongoing partnerships between mental health, drug and alcohol and youth homelessness services and provides:

  • primary consultation: offering a confidential specialist mental health and substance use assessment, with the case manager present to promote capacity building
  • secondary consultation: advising case managers on brief interventions and strategies, information on referral for specialist treatment, services coordination and clinical problem solving
  • individual and group support for case managers on working with clients with a dual diagnosis
  • short term co-case management of clients with an emerging or current complex needs or dual diagnosis
  • education, training and development

The Eastern HYDDI is a Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Youth Homelessness initiative implemented through a partnership between Family Access Network (FAN) and the Eastern Health Mental Health Program. The HYDDI Practitioner is employed by Eastern Dual Diagnosis Service at Eastern Health, and is co-located at FAN.

How can young people enter this program?

Young people must be:

  • 16 – 25 years of age and have an emerging and/or impacting mental health and/or substance use issue (no formal diagnosis required)
  • Assigned to and supported by a primary youth housing case manager
  • linked via connections/supports (family, friends, school, training, employment, medical, etc) to the Eastern Metropolitan region of Melbourne
  • not already linked into a government mental health service

Please contact your nearest access point(s) to find out more about entering this program.