Transition Planning Guidelines for Infant, Child and Adolescent Mental Health / Alcohol and Other Drugs Services 2014 – NZ Ministry of Health – 29 May 2014
“This guideline is for district health boards (DHBs) funded infant, child and adolescent mental health (ICAMH), and youth-focused alcohol and other drug (AOD) services. It assists them to develop and implement planning processes for young people who are transitioning from their services.
It has been developed to promote consistent practice across ICAMH/AOD services nationally and to guide services to support young people to transition between services and in-and-out of services based upon their level of need at that time.
To date there has been little research into the benefits of specific models of transition planning. However it is widely acknowledged that processes that enable smooth transitions between services and smooth exits from services are important in supporting recovery and achieving good outcomes for young people accessing these services. Adequate planning is critical in these transitions. Such planning is commonly called ‘discharge planning’ or ‘transition planning’. In these guidelines, we have used the term transition planning because it reflects the intention to ensure a smooth passage into, between, and out of services.”