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GBF Quarterly Newsletter Volume 4.3
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Greetings,

Here is the latest newsletter.

Joelle Sholzberg
Special Advisor to the Co-Chairs
In this issue:
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Major Milestones Achieved - Youth Mental Health Services
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ACCESS Open Minds Chatham-Kent Launches a Mental Health Hub Designed by Youth, for Youth
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BC Integrated Youth Services Initiative: 5 Community Sites Established


 
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Three New Walk-in Clinics in Toronto Geared Specifically to Youth


 
Major Milestones Achieved - Youth Mental Health Services

The Graham Boeckh Foundation’s (GBF) major projects have been focused for the past four years on transforming youth mental health services in Canada through the development of integrated services that are easy to navigate and patient and family centered. Integrated youth services (IYS) can also include service hubs that are one stop shops that provide a variety of services that youth need under one roof. The objective is to greatly improve access, quality and timelines of appropriate mental health services. GBF’s role has been to act as a catalyst and to provide leadership and funding where needed.
 
This newsletter highlights three milestones in the development of IYS in Canada that occurred over the past six weeks.
 
The first milestone was the opening of the Chatham-Kent integrated services hub in south-western Ontario. This is the first of twelve sites to be opened under the pan-Canadian ACCESS Open Minds IYS initiative.
 
Second, the British Columbia IYS initiative was publically launched.
 
Third, a public launch event was recently held for the YouthCan Impact IYS project in the greater Toronto area that involves three principal community sites and a number of other mental health services providers.  
ACCESS Open Minds Chatham-Kent Launches a Mental Health Hub Designed by Youth, for Youth
 
 
The ACCESS Open Minds (ACCESS) network is a pan-Canadian initiative to show how youth mental health services can be transformed. It is a joint venture of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and the Graham Boeckh Foundation. Each partner is contributing $12.5 million over the five-year life of the project.  This unique research project is led by Nominated Principal Investigator Dr. Ashok Malla.  The goal of ACCESS is to develop and evaluate an evidence-informed, sustainable and scalable model for mental health and substance abuse service delivery that positively impacts and transforms youth mental health outcomes in Canada.  ACCESS aims to demonstrate how innovative partnerships and collaboration can have a significant influence on the delivery of youth mental healthcare. 

 

 
On May 9th, 2016, the first ACCESS site opened its doors in the community of Chatham-Kent in south-western Ontario.  Over 300 guests were welcomed in celebration of this new mental health delivery hub that aims to be a one stop shop to connect youth aged 11 to 25 years with mental health services. A Youth Advisory Council co-designed both the physical and virtual spaces of the Chatham-Kent site. 
 
 
“As one of the 12 sites across Canada, we in Chatham-Kent are extremely fortunate to have an opportunity to lead the way in transforming youth mental health services in our community. Over the past 18 months, our community members, including service providers, educators, youth, families and concerned community partners have invested hundreds of hours in working together and challenging the status quo which has resulted in a network of individuals who have united in a cause that is very near and dear to our hearts. There is synergy, refreshed partnerships and a strong community commitment to our Chatham-Kent youth and their families. It’s a privilege to be part of something that we consider will be a true game changer,” said Paula Reaume-Zimmer, Integrated Vice President, Mental Health & Addictions Services, CKHA, CMHA Lambton-Kent and Bluewater Health.
 
For more information, visit ACCESS Open Minds Chatham-Kent’s official website: www.accessopenmindsck.ca
BC Integrated Youth Services Initiative: 5 Community Sites Established
 

 
June 17, 2016 – GBF has been supporting the British Columbia Integrated Youth Services Initiative (BC-IYSI) to improve access to mental health, substance abuse and primary care for youth and young adults across BC. BC is the first major provincial project to develop IYS. The BC-IYSI will support communities to establish youth-friendly, integrated, health and social service storefronts, and work alongside provincial online and phone line resources to strengthen a network of care for young British Columbians and their families. The initiative is working closely with ACCESS Open Minds on research, evaluation and branding.
 
 
The BC-IYSI is a collective impact initiative. It is a formal commitment from a group of organizations working together to address a complex problem. Its founding members, along with GBF, include the InnerChange Foundation, St. Paul’s Foundation, the BC provincial Ministries of Health and Children and Family Development, and the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research.
 
Working with government, foundations, community agencies and donors, the province is creating demonstration sites for the transformation of its system, bringing all these services into one, accessible, youth-friendly home in five initial communities across the province. They join the first centre in downtown Vancouver; any youth or parent in those communities can walk into centres and find the help they need, when they need it. They will prioritize people before the system, and fill gaps where young people currently fall through the cracks. The centres will share a common vision with over 70 partnerships across the province; BC will become an international leader in youth and family wellbeing.

 
BC-IYSI will be working with the five communities listed below to establish new integrated youth health and social service centres:
 
- Campbell River, Island Health
Working with the John Howard Society of North Island
 
- Prince George, Northern Health
Working with the YMCA of Northern BC
 
- North Vancouver, Vancouver Coastal Health
Working with Vancouver Coastal Health
 
- Abbotsford, Fraser Health
Working with Abbotsford Community Services
 
- Kelowna, Interior Health
Working with the Canadian Mental Health Association – Kelowna Branch
 
Read BC’s announcement here.
Three New Walk-in Clinics in Toronto Geared Specifically to Youth
 
 
 
June 8, 2016 – GBF is supporting the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health and partner organizations to spearhead an exciting project that addresses system gaps in mental health care by developing and testing Integrated Collaborative Care Teams (ICCTs) in the Toronto area. This highly collaborative project draws on contributions from three community agencies, four adolescent psychiatry hospital departments, and two family health teams (FHTs). The team is also engaging youth and their families in planning and development, ensuring that services are youth-friendly and responsive to the evolving needs of young people. 
 

 
Youth with mental health and addiction problems will be able to get personalized help, including therapy, psychiatric services, peer support, access to Internet tools, and advice for navigating the system. This walk-in style service model is tailored to young people and matches services offered to the range of needs youth experience. These new services will be compared to the usual treatment youth receive in hospital-based, outpatient mental health clinics in Toronto.
 
"These clinics will be a one-stop shop, providing immediate access to evidence-based mental health care in the community," says Dr. Peter Szatmari, Chief of the Child and Youth Mental Health Collaborative at CAMH, SickKids, and the University of Toronto. "By co-locating service providers from hospital, primary care and community agencies in a youth-friendly setting we can better address barriers that are most apparent for youth."
 
The ‘What’s Up’ Walk-In Clinic has already opened at East Metro Youth Services (Markham and Ellesmere roads) in Scarborough, while two more will be running at Delisle Youth Services (Yonge Street and Eglington Avenue) and the South East Toronto Family Health Team (Danforth and Woodbine avenues) in July.
 
Read the press release here.
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