Upset youth

The Homeless Youth Dual Diagnosis Initiative (HYDDI) focuses on developing the knowledge and abilities of youth homelessness workers in the Northern Division (Metropolitan), including Hope Street workers to identify and respond with early intervention to the complex needs, such as the Dual Diagnosis of mental health and substance use, of young people experiencing homelessness.

What does the Program offer?

The Program fosters helpful, ongoing partnerships between mental health, drug and alcohol and youth homelessness services and offers the following to all homelessness services in the North and West Metropolitan Region:

  • 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
  • Training and education

HYDDI is a Department of Health and Human Services Youth Homelessness initiative implemented through a partnership between Hope Street and the NorthWestern Mental Health (NWMH), the mental health arm of Melbourne Health. A HYDDI Practitioner is employed by NWMH's Substance Use and Mental Illness Treatment Team (SUMITT) and is co-located at Hope Street.

Who is eligible?

Young people who are:

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

How can young people enter this Program?

Please contact your nearest access point(s) listed on this page to find out more about entering this Program.



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