General Youth Services

STEPS Residential Service


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About Us

Supporting young people through early intervention and prevention strategies.

STEPS is a residential program run in partnership between CatholicCare and CAMHS for young people between 13-18 years old experiencing moderate to severe mental health distress.

Young people may be referred to STEPS by GP, Psycologists/Psychiatrists directly through CAMHS (PH: 02 6205 1971) or by contacting the STEPS program (PH: 02 6262 3453, [email protected] ).

The STEPS program is specifically geared towards:

  • Young people experiencing mental illness who need support but are not assessed as requiring hospitalisation.

  • Young people experiencing mental illness that are transitioning between hospital and returning home.

STEPS provides:

  • Safe supported accommodation for up to 3 months.

  • Support to help young people stabilise their mental health issues and develop skills and confidence in managing future crises.

  • Clinical support via CAMHS.

  • Support to improve and develop life skills.

  • Assistance and support with access to education, work and community resources.

  • Assistance in enhancing relationships with parents/carers and significant others.

  • Case management, information, referrals and advocacy.

  • Limited transitional outreach towards entering the STEPS program and following graduation/exit from the STEPS program.

Quick Facts About The Region

STEPS is located in the suburbs of Canberra Central and Watson, the council of Canberra and the federal electorate of Fenner.