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The Community Mental Health Evaluation Initiative (CMHEI) was the first multisite evaluation of community mental health programs in Canada. It was planned and conducted with the involvement of a wide range of players, including government, community providers, family and consumers. It was designed to provide information relevant to policy.
The Community Mental Health Evaluation Initiative involved six separate evaluation studies of community mental health programs and one methods study, joined together through the use of a common data collection protocol. In addition, a multisite comparison of programs was conducted under the leadership of the Health Systems Research and Consulting Unit, located at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health.
CMHEI was conceived in 1997 by the Ontario Mental Health Foundation, the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, and the Canadian Mental Health Association, Ontario. CMHEI is funded by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.
Participating programs were diverse and included both formal services (Assertive Community Treatment Teams, Intensive Case Management) and peer-support organizations (consumer and family support initiatives).

CMHEI Newsletters

The CMHEI Newsletter featured project updates, profiles of people and groups involved with the Community Mental Health Evaluation Initiative, and articles on related topics.

CMHEI Scientific Papers

Ball, J., Links, P., Strike, C., & Boydell, K.M. (2005). ‘It’s overwhelming… everything seems to be too much’: A theory of crisis for individuals with severe and persistent mental illness. Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal, 29 (1), 10-17. [abstract]

Chan, S., Krupa, T., Lawson, J.S., & Eastabrook, S. (2005). An outcome in need of clarity: Building a predictive model of subjective quality of life for people with severe mental illness living in the community. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 59 (2), 181-190.. [full text]

Cheung, A.H., Dewa, C.S., & Wasylenki, D. (2003). Economic grand rounds: impact on cost estimates of differences in reports of service use among clients, caseworkers, and hospital records. Psychiatric Services, 54 (10), 1328-1330. [full text]

Cousins, B., Aubry, T., Smith Fowler, H., & Smith, M. (2004). Using key component profiles for the evaluation of program implementation in intensive mental health case management. Evaluation and Program Planning, 27 (1), 1-23. [full text]

Dewa, C., Horgan, S., McIntyre, D., Robinson, G., Krupa, T., & Eastabrook, S. (2003). Direct and indirect time inputs and Assertive Community Treatment. Community Mental Health Journal, 39 (1), 17-32. [abstract]

Dewa, C.S., Durbin, J., Wasylenki, D., Ochocka, J., Eastabrook, S., Boydell, K.M., & Goering, P. (2002). Considering a multisite study? How to take the leap and have a soft landing. Journal of Community Psychology, 30 (2), 173-187. [abstract]

Dewa, C., Horgan, S., Russell, M., & Keates, J. (2001). What? Another form? The process of measuring and comparing service utilization in a community mental health program model. Evaluation and Program Planning, 24, 239-247. [abstract]

Eastabrook, S., Krupa, T., Horgan, S., Gerber, G., Grant, R., Mayo, J., Leader, M., & Stiemerling, N. (2003). Substance abuse among a Canadian population of Assertive Community Treatment clients: Implications for service planning and delivery. Canadian Journal of Nursing Research, 35 (1), 24-43. [abstract]

Ferris, L.E., De Siato, C., Sandercock, J., Williams, J.I., & Shulman, K.I. (2003). A descriptive analysis of two mobile crisis programs for clients with severe mental illness. Canadian Journal of Public Health, 94 (3), 233-237. [abstract]

Goering, P., Durbin, J., Sheldon, T., Ochocka, J., Nelson, G., & Krupa, T. (2006). Who uses consumer-run self-help organizations? American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 76(3): 367-373.

Gerber, G., Krupa, T., Eastabrook, S., & Horgan, S. (1999). Quality of life, psychiatric symptomatology and community integration in persons with serious mental illness. (Abstract). Quality of Life Research, 8(7), 6.

Gewurtz, R., Krupa, T., Eastabrook, S., & Horgan, S. (2004). Prevalence and characteristics of parenting among clients of Assertive Community Treatment. Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal, 28 (1), 63-65.[abstract]

Krupa, T., Eastabrook, S., Beattie, P., Carriere, R., McIntyre, D., & Woodman, R. (2004). Challenges faced by service providers in the delivery of Assertive Community Treatment. Canadian Journal of Community Mental Health, 23 (1), 115-127.[full text]

Krupa, T., Eastabrook, S., Hern, L., Lee, D., North, R., Percy, K., Von Briesen, B., & Wing, G. (2005). How do people who receive Assertive Community Treatment experience this service? Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal, 29 (1), 18-24.[abstract]

Krupa, T., McLean, H., Eastabrook, S., Bonham, A & Baksh, L. (2003). Daily time use as a measure of community adjustment for persons served by Assertive Community Treatment Teams. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 57 (5), 558-565. [abstract]

Prince, P., & Prince, C. (2002). Perceived stigma and community integration among clients of Assertive Community Treatment. Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal, 25 (4), 323-331. [abstract]

Redko, C., Durbin, J., Wasylenki, D., Krupa, T., et al. (2004). Participant perspectives on satisfaction with Assertive Community Treatment. Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal, 27 (3), 283-286. [abstract]

Sheldon, T., Aubry, T., Arboleda-Flores, J., Wasylenki, D., & Goering, P. (2006). Social disadvantage, mental illness and predictors of legal involvement. International Journal of Law and Psychiatry, 29 (3), 249-256.[abstract]

Smith Fowler, H., Smith, M., & Aubry, T. Practical considerations for conducting research with marginalized populations: A case study. Voluntary Sector Evaluation Research Project,

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