Quality mental health care depends on matching the level of care provided to clients’ psychosocial needs. Previous studies have shown that fewer than half of people with mental disorders will seek treatment, leading to high levels of unmet need. In addition, of those who seek services, many will receive a level of care that’s less than what’s required.
uly 17 marked the launch of the new online home for Evidence Exchange Network (EENet). The site, www.eenet.ca, offers mental health and addictions (MHA) stakeholders a space to connect and a number of resources aimed at making the MHA system in Ontario more evidence-informed. Users can browse through EENet’s products and tools, search for a researcher, and even check out a new animated video!
The needs of the population and those who seek help for addiction problems change over time. It’s important to ensure that the data collected accurately reflect current needs and system capacity to meet those needs. The Ontario DTFP’s Addiction Treatment Data Elements and Provincial Service Categories Project is working to help policymakers, planners, providers, and researchers address areas that need improvement. The goal? To ensure the best possible outcomes for Ontarians.
Research shows that children’s perceptions of their school environment are related to their academic outcomes and wellbeing, but few studies have looked at the importance of parents’ perceptions of this environment on child adjustment. How parents see these schools may have an impact on the wellbeing of their children.
EENet invites you to take part in a free one-hour virtual knowledge exchange webinar to learn about the Client Satisfaction Project – one of eleven Ontario Systems Projects funded by Health Canada’s Drug Treatment Funding Program. Join Dr. Brian Rush – Group Head of the Health Systems and Health Equity Research Group at CAMH and the lead on the project – on Wednesday, June 27 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. EST to learn more!
There is innovative and exciting work taking place within Ontario’s Mental Health and Addictions system. It’s time we start getting the word out about it! Do you know of a promising practice or promising program that more people should hear about? If so, let us know! The EENet team may be interested in profiling some of this work.
In the past, many people with severe mental illness did not connect with community services after being discharged from the hospital. The community was also not prepared to serve this population. Discharge planning and care, then, is a key component in creating integrated, seamless care in the continuum of services.
Many mental health and addictions agencies across Ontario gather feedback from clients. By providing insight into how well services are performing and if the needs of clients are being met, feedback offers valuable information for monitoring service outcomes and making improvements to service delivery. But the methods and tools for collecting this information vary. And there are no standardized ways to interpret the information.
EENet is seeking expressions of interest from mental health and addictions stakeholders in Ontario to lead, or partner in the facilitation of, Communities of Interest (CoI). Up to 10 CoIs will be selected and rolled out in the 2012/2013 fiscal year. EENet will support the CoIs by providing human and technological resources, and up to $5,000 per CoI of seed funds for activities and initiatives. (Financial and other support will be provided up to March 31, 2013, with the possibility of renewal at that time, at the sole discretion of EENet.)
Street-involved youth have high rates of mental health problems, substance use, and victimization. But those who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, queer, questioning, unsure or “other” may be at higher risk for these problems.