The Northeast Local Health Integration Network’s Ontario Common Assessment of Need (OCAN) implementation pilot has wrapped up and a summary of the evaluation has been completed. OCAN is a standardized, consumer-led mental health decision-making tool that allows key information to be gathered electronically.
The evaluation confirmed the success of the LHIN-by-LHIN approach to OCAN implementation. The report includes information from various sources, such as surveys, monthly progress reports, direct feedback to the project, portal usage statistics, training retrospectives and documented support calls to pilot participants. The report also has a section on lessons learned in various areas, for example, using OCAN with consumers and the LHIN-wide implementation approach. The report concludes that LHIN-based implementation allows local organizations to collaborate and network earlier when system-level issues arise.
In other updates, the steering committee has approved the translation of OCAN to languages other than English and French. The translations will help OCAN be accessibly implemented in a multilingual province. LHIN-by-LHIN sponsored Languages Sub-Committees will be established and given the task of governing and guiding translations, working groups and other related processes.
See OCAN Update, June 2010, available at www.ontario.cmha.ca/cmhcap.