What is the Young People’s Program and who could benefit from it?

The Young People’s Program (a.k.a. Brumby House) is located at Emu Heighs, which is near Penrith NSW at the foot of the Blue Mountains to the West of Sydney. It offers a 12 month program supporting young men living with mental health and or drug and alcohol issues. 

According to manager Adelle Salter ‘We offer a safe environment in a recovery based residential home setting free from alcohol and drugs. We acknowledge that relapse is part of recovery and work in collaboration with both local area metal health services and our local area drug and alcohol support service NYDAS.’ 

‘We view ourselves as a step up program,’ says Adelle, ‘where you can come to us, get into a daily routine of taking care of yourself and your home, make new friends and access the community. You can work towards your individual recovery goals with the vision of empowerment from independence, leading the best quality life without limitations.’ 

Brumby house is for young people who have been diagnosed with a mental health issue, who are not acutely unwell or suicidal and do not have serious violence or aggression issues. They need to have a capacity to achieve independence, a willingness to address any current drug/alcohol issues and have a reasonable level of self care. They need to be willing to participate in the rehabilitation program and daily activities and be between 17 and 25 years old. Brumby operates from 8:00am – 10:00pm Monday to Friday and usually from 11:30am – 8:00pm on weekends and public holidays. 

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