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Fall 2003: Measuring the Effectiveness of Community-Based Mental Health Programs

September 1, 2003

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IN THIS ISSUE: Community Mental Health Evaluation Initiative – The Role of Community-Based Mental Health Services – Measuring the Effectiveness – Consumer/Survivor Initiatives – Family Initiatives – Preliminary Findings – Mental Health Facts – Mental Health Works.

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Vol. 19, No. 2

In This Issue

Editorial: How do we know that the services we provide work?

The Role of Community-Based Mental Health Services

Researching the effectiveness of, and advocating best practices for, community-based mental health programs.

Measuring the Effectiveness of Community-Based Mental Health Programs

Six evaluation projects and one multi-site methods study are at the heart of the Community Mental Health Evaluation Initiative (CMHEI).

Intensive Case Management
Marnie Smith, Acting Executive Director of the CMHA, Ottawa Branch, talks about her involvement as one of the partners in the evaluation of intensive case management.

Consumer/Survivor Initiatives

The use of consumers in conducting many of the interviews increased both the credibility and the integrity of the projects conducted by the CMHEI according to Robert Chapman, a consumer/survivor.

Evaluation of Family Initiatives

Research has shown that the role of caregiver places great emotional and psychological strain on family members.

Investment in Community Mental Health Programs Pays Off

The preliminary findings of the CMHEI are clear: community mental health services are a cost-effective way to help people with serious mental illness.

Mental Health Facts

Health Canada indicates that 20% of Canadians will personally experience a mental illness in their lifetime, and the 80% remaining will be indirectly affected by its impact upon a family member, friend or colleague.

Mental Health Works

How we deal with mental health in the workplace is a problem we can no longer afford to ignore. Mental Health Works helps organizations and individuals become part of the solution.

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