Innovation Initiatives: Improving access to care
The Centre is pleased to announce the successful recipients of the 2019–20 Innovation Initiatives funding opportunity, which supports Ontario’s child and youth mental health agencies to implement new, evidence-informed or promising practices.
Over the next 18 months, the seven successful teams will undertake pilot projects aimed at increasing access to the right child and youth mental health services, at the right time. They will be testing new ideas and stretching the boundaries of service delivery to address system priorities, ultimately leading to better healthcare experiences for children, youth and families across Ontario.
Collectively, these projects will work to support positive mental health from infancy to early adulthood, tackling barriers to accessing care such as wait times, culture and language, stigma, geography and health literacy.
“We are thrilled to help innovative thinkers who want to put children, youth and families’ needs and voices front and centre in the solutions they implement,” says Jaime Brown, research coach at the Centre. “Selected projects also have the potential to be scaled up across the province, which would translate into better mental health services for all children and youth in Ontario.”
The Centre launched the Innovation Initiatives grant in 2017 to help Ontario’s child and youth mental health changemakers turn their bold ideas into potential solutions for some of the sector’s trickiest challenges. So far, the Centre has supported the implementation of 16 novel approaches to service delivery. “We look forward to working together with this new cohort to test new ideas that will improve service delivery for children, youth and families,” concludes Jaime.