System Impact

Breaking new ground for knowledge brokering

The Centre has joined partners, including the Canadian Centre for Substance Abuse, the Mental Health Commission of Canada and the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health to advance the practice of knowledge brokering in Canada and around the world. Collectively, our organizations are helping to build an international evidence base that will help put knowledge to work for people who need it most.

Leading the way to cross-sectoral collaboration and change

As co-chair of the Coalition for Child and Youth Mental Health, the Centre’s executive director Michelle Hurtubise is helping to tighten the links between the education, mental health, community and health sectors in a collaborative effort to increase access, strengthen services and ease transitions in child and youth mental health.

Wearing our data geek badges proudly

Data-driven decision-making is a critical driver of quality and performance in every sector, although it’s impossible to achieve without a rock-solid foundation of accurate data. Along with its provincial partners, the Centre is on a mission to enhance the data capacity of Ontario’s child and youth mental health sector. We’re investigating how factors like infrastructure, human resources and finances affect an agency’s ability to collect, manage and use data. We’re also identifying ways to reduce the barriers and collaborate with others to build a provincial data program that can be used to monitor, inform decision making and continuously improve the system.

Engaging the engagers

More and more child and youth mental health agencies are hiring staff dedicated to youth and/or family engagement. In most cases, staff find themselves being asked to take on this engagement role in addition to their regular duties and they have limited support to do so. This year, the Centre started and supported an engagement community of practice; creating a place for such people to build connections and relationships with one another and to share their experiences, successes and challenges.

Making connections

With system transformation well underway, the timing is right to move forward with policy recommendations. Our new policy-ready paper Paving the path to connected care examines the latest literature and evidence-informed practices to highlight the knowledge and first-hand experience of youth, families, service providers, and other stakeholders. Through this paper, we have gained insights into building more collaborative and integrated partnerships to improve access to care, quality of care, and mental health outcomes of children and youth across the province.