Youth INtact - Waikato’s new youth AOD service

Youth INtact (provided by Odyssey) is a new Waikato community based youth alcohol and other drugs (AOD) service commencing in August 2016. The Youth INtact service has been established by Waikato District Health Board following broad consultation with rangatahi/young people and others in the AOD and youth health sectors, as part of the Waikato Youth Alcohol and Drug Project.

Youth INtact is a new approach to service delivery for rangatahi/young people with problematic to severe alcohol and/or other drug use. The service will be offering easily accessible community based assessment and treatment services that are wraparound, holistic and culturally responsive.

The two aspects to the service are:

  • The provision of leadership and systems support to rangatahi/youth alcohol and other drug (AOD) and co-existing problems (CEP) services and staff throughout the Waikato DHB.
  • The provision of a community based assessment and treatment service for rangatahi/young  people with problematic to severe alcohol and/or other drug use problems in Hamilton, North and surrounds.

Odyssey will deliver its Youth INtact service for Hamilton, North and surrounds from its central Hamilton base.  Communities receiving this service are Hamilton, Te Awamutu, Cambridge, Morrinsville, Matamata, Ngaruawahia, Huntly, Raglan and Te Kauwhata.  

Services will be a mixture of school clinics and community-based services, depending on the community. There will also be a leadership component of the service that will span the wider Waikato area.

As part of this leadership component, the Youth INtact hub will be a centre of excellence for the delivery of best practice clinical support, workforce development and youth engagement throughout the Waikato, fostering greater collaboration among the Waikato youth AOD secondary and primary workforce, as well as the community and youth sector workforce. 

Read more about the development of the Waikato Youth AOD Model of Care.

If you are interested in working with Youth INtact, please check out our current vacancies.