System transformation is a tricky thing. You start with the knowledge that the status quo is unacceptable - it isn’t usually hard to get agreement on that. More of the same simply isn’t an option, better is always possible.
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 a lot more difficult. Now that transformation is here, the sector is coming face to face with the complexity and resistance that has challenged many well-intentioned improvement initiatives.
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 front-row seats 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 be the glue that holds it all together.
In 2016-17, we pulled out all the stops to ensure we had the people, resources and services that will facilitate and accelerate system transformation in child and youth mental health. 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.
We invite you to take a look at the impact we’ve helped accomplish in 2016.