Stigma-free services for adolescents and adults
A coordinator was added to the local ACCESS team (Adolescents/Young Adults, Contact, Community, Engagement, Snag-Free, Stigma-Free), whose goal is to transform mental health services for 11- to 25-year-old clients. Over a five-year period, this project aims to make services quicker and more accessible, while simplifying the transition to adult services. This nation-wide network of research and intervention covers 12 Canadian sites, including the Park Extension CLSC.
Young people were also the focus of attention in a unique and innovative transitional care program which was developed in the Division of Child Psychiatry at the Jewish General Hospital. It focuses on 5- to 12-year-old children who are discharged into the community after 6 to12 months of intensive, hospital-based treatment. Since the mental health system often lacks English-language resources and expertise for follow-up care, many of the gains that are made during treatment can be lost. As a remedy, children receive six months of follow-up by a social worker and child care worker to prevent re-admission, keep children in school, prevent relapse, and train parents to be advocates for their children.
In the field of adult mental health, a team in the Metro CLSC successfully concluded its first evaluation by the National Centre of Excellence in Mental Health. The CLSC was commended for achieving “a high level of conformity with best practices in mental health.”
In January 2016, a new eight-member team from the Jewish General Hospital and the Côte-des-Neiges CLSC was put in place to implement activities that conform with the criteria of the National Centre of Excellence in Mental Health.
In the Psychology Department at the JGH, Dr. Zeev Rosberger and his team began implementing the Improving Patient Experience and Health Care Outcomes project in collaboration with the MUHC and St. Mary’s Hospital. It incorporates iPad?based outcomes of pain, fatigue, anxiety and depression that are reported by cancer patients, in order to improve symptom assessment and management.