Triple Care Farm is an award-winning youth rehab facility located in NSW's Southern Highlands, which helps to rehabilitate 100 young people each year suffering with substance abuse, mental illness, homelessness and family breakdown.
Triple Care Farm, funded by SDMF and operated by Mission Australia, is an award-winning residential rehabilitation and treatment program for young people between the ages of 16-24 years, from all over Australia. It provides an ideal environment of peace and healing for troubled youth, most of whom present with comorbid mental health and addiction issues.
The Farm provides a safe place for change amongst an atmosphere of security and encouragement to support young people to turn their lives around. With learning and change being a significant focus, the young people are referred to as 'students' once they commence the program.
The Farm's approach is best described as holistic. Over the course of 12 weeks, staff not only provide treatment for addiction but also seek to address underlying issues and contributing factors to the young person's situation.
During their stay, students work through a 12 week individually tailored program, firstly addressing addiction and mental health issues. Students receive one-on-one counselling with psychologists, develop treatment plans for mental health issues, and participate in group therapy sessions and educational workshops.
Young people become part of an extended family and participate in communal household activities which help develop their social and living skills. They take part in a variety of courses (some accredited) designed to re-engage them with education and find pathways to employment. Courses include forklift driving, woodwork, landscaping, farming techniques, art, music, literacy, numeracy, first aid and computer skills.
Triple Care Farm is one of the most successful programs of its kind in Australia, with the majority of graduates moving into jobs, apprenticeships or further education. At the end of their stay, the students graduate from the program and are placed in supportive environments such as group homes, back with families or independent living. Community support networks are established and follow-up continues for three to six months after the students leave the Farm as part of the 'Aftercare' program.
Triple Care Farm Students
To paint a picture of the students' level and complexity of need, the below statistics outline the condition of young people on intake in 2017:
100% had misused substances
83% had a thought about taking their own life
91% had mental health issues
84% were unemployed
61% had a history of homelessness
71% had experienced family breakdown
33% had not completed their year 10 schooling
68% had a criminal history
TCF has been proven to be an effective program with a high rate of success in transforming young lives.
The below statistics are from 2017 students:
66% gained one or more accredited training qualification
67% went on to pursue education and / or employment opportunities
92% were in stable accommodation six months after completing the program
Zero young people attempted suicide during the six months post TCF
During the six months post TCF, 13% had deliberately taken steps to positively participate in community involvement
How much does it cost?
There is a $140 one-off non-refundable administration fee plus $150 per week ongoing. For clients who are under the legal care of a government department, a different fee structure applies. Details of these fees are available on application.
How long is the waiting list?
TCF has a 'rolling intake' which means that as soon as a bed becomes available, a young person can be accepted. A more specific answer will be provided in the interview stage of the application.
Are there any outside of NSW?
There is only one Triple Care Farm currently in Australia.
Do males and females share the living space?
Each young person has their own bedroom. The male and female bathrooms are seperate but the living quarters are shared amongst males and females.
Are students allowed to use their personal mobile devices?
Young people are not allowed access to their personal devices, unless they are permitted weekend leave. There is a phone available for them to contact approved people during their stay which is monitored.