Leader's Message

In child and youth mental health, transformation was a long time coming. Policy makers knew it, researchers knew it, clinicians knew it and children, youth and families definitely knew it. Charting the course for a better future is critical for this sector, as we all agree that more of the same simply isn’t an option, better is always possible.

Not this time. It’s going to take a lot more than a few wicked problems to stop this quest for an effective, accessible and connected system of care that makes sense for Ontario’s children, youth and families.

You can’t flip a switch on transformation, and sometimes the incremental successes are easy to miss. They are there, however, and the Centre is proud to have a front-row seat to some of the most amazing developments – from small process changes that transform the service experience for families in a single community to a systemic culture shift that has catapulted quality to the top of the agenda.

This is a pivotal time in the transformation process, and the Centre is pleased to play a key role in getting this job done. A transformed system will be built from the ground up, from the top down, from the inside out and the outside in. Everybody has a role to play, and the Centre takes pride in our unique ability to support change at local, regional and system levels.

In 2016-17, we pulled out all the stops to ensure we had the people, resources and services that would facilitate and accelerate system transformation. We worked side-by-side with agencies to drive change in communities, while simultaneously chipping away at big-picture systemic barriers that are getting in the way of delivering meaningful results for Ontario’s children, youth and families.

Think big, start small and work fast – we are all in this together.

Michelle Hurtubise

Executive Director

Cathy Curry

Chair, Strategic Advisory Council