Current Projects

Evaluation of the Child and Youth Mental Health and Substance Use (CYMHSU) Collaborative

Funder:  Shared Care Committee (Doctors of BC and the BC Ministry of Health)

Amount: $157,500

The purpose of this project is to: document the current reality for children and youth with mental health and/or substance use issues in the Interior and identify strengths, blockages, gaps and barriers; describe the Collaborative model and how it is working at the regional and sub-regional/community levels; determine the extent to which things have or have not improved in accordance with three Collaborative objectives; and identify lessons learned for the Collaborative and for use in other health authorities/regions (2013 – ongoing).

Evaluation of the Practice Support Program (PSP)

Funder: General Practice Services Committee (Doctors of BC and the BC Ministry of Health)

As Phase 2 of the evaluation of the Practice Support Program, this project is the continuation of the evaluation of the PSP begun in 2007.

Core Public Health Functions Redesign

Funder: BC Ministry of Health

Amount: $74,900

The purposes of this project are to recommend innovative approaches to: a) service planning and delivery, quality improvement, and performance management in order to support health authorities in BC to implement the province’s Guiding Framework for Public Health; and b) the redesign of existing core public health function tools. The project focuses primarily on changes which will affect the leadership, director, and manager levels within the health authorities. The project includes: a scan of leading/best practices in public health program and service planning, delivery, quality improvement and performance management in Canada and internationally; consultations with public health stakeholders in BC; a one day workshop with key public health stakeholders to obtain input regarding options for redesigning core public health functions tools, quality improvement and performance mechanisms and key considerations for implementing the Guiding Framework; and recommendations related to a future proof of concept initiative.

Developing an Inventory of Mental Health and Substance Use Programs, Services and Treatment Centres

Funder: The First Nations Health Authority

Amount: $74,977

The project involved developing a comprehensive inventory and analysis of mental health and substance use programs, services, and treatment centres in BC for children/youth, adults and seniors. The purpose of the inventory is to increase awareness of: what currently exists; where programs, services and treatment centres are located; and what gaps exist in the types of programs, services and treatment centres offered in each region. It is anticipated that the information will be used by the First Nations Health Authority (FNHA) to plan mental wellness and substance use programs, services, and treatment centres for First Nations communities in BC.