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Impact Report

Tuesday, July 25, 2017Alex Almendrades

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.

Ontario Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health

695 Industrial Avenue, Ottawa Ontario, K1G 0Z1
Tel.: 613-737-2297   Fax: 613-738-4894


Please note: We do not provide mental health advice, counselling or treatment.
If you, or if someone you know is in crisis right now, please call the Kids Help Phone at 1-800-668-6868.

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