In collaboration with Haliburton/CKL/Peterborough community partner agencies, Kinark has been working to identify supports, services, and pathways into, through and out of child and youth mental health services.
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2015/16 Service Delivery Plans
In our role as Lead Agency in Haliburton/CKL/Peterborough, Kinark was responsible for leading the development of two plans and submitting them to MCYS for March 31, 2016.
The Core Service Delivery Plan (CSDP) required Kinark to engage specifically with Haliburton/CKL/Peterborough’s core service providers and provide a summary of current child and youth mental health (CYMH) services, an inventory of existing intake/access points and pathways, and identify three priorities to be carried out in 2016/2017.
The Community Mental Health Plan (CMHP) required descriptions of CYMH services currently being offered in Haliburton/CKL/Peterborough with a focus on targeted prevention, identifying pathways to, through and out of care and creating an inventory of existing community planning mechanisms.
Priority #1: Strengthening Engagement/Building a Community Planning Framework
Understanding that effective engagement is a cornerstone of good planning, providers in Durham have agreed to invest considerable time and effort to ensure that the engagement mechanisms required to facilitate future work are appropriately inclusive, efficient and effective.
Over the course of 2016/17, core service providers and other service providers will be engaged to consider what type of mechanisms are required to effectively optimize the new planning opportunities. By the end of 2016/2017 fiscal year, a planning mechanism or mechanisms for CYMH planning will be confirmed, with established terms of reference, links to other planning tables and an evaluation framework.
Priority #2: Validating the current service landscape for children’s mental health funding
Moving on Mental Health has at its core the requirement to establish clear service pathways so that children youth and families can better access and understand the CYMH system. Implicit is the requirement for service providers to understand the respective roles they each play in effective service provision and the alignment of that service provision with defined core services and key processes. It is essential to validate our current service landscape before we contemplate any further development of services.
In 2016/17 Kinark will engage with both core and non-core CYMH providers to better understand and clarify the data associated with the current service plans of core service providers and the service delivery of non-core providers, and drive to a more comprehensive and common understanding of the Haliburton/CKL/Peterborough service area.
Priority #3: Determining the current client profile in the Haliburton/CKL/ Peterborough service area
In order to effectively deliver CYMH services in Haliburton/CKL/Peterborough, Kinark and all core service providers identified the need to establish a common understanding of the profiles of children, youth and their families who are currently accessing services, the services they are accessing, and the potentially unmet needs of children and families now, and in the future.
In 2016/2017 we will create a profile of current child and youth mental health service recipients and their families to better understand who is in service, their clinical needs and the services they are receiving and will analyze the current and future child/youth population in Haliburton/CKL/Peterborough to establish the population’s needs for child and youth mental health services and assess to what extent current services meet needs.
Priority #4: Strengthening core service delivery
Embedded in the language of MOMH is the support for, and continued development of, clinical practices that effectively address the mental health needs of clients seeking treatment and maintain a level of competency that promotes best practice and improved clinical outcomes. Clinical supervision and resources to support and maintain clinical practice is necessary to ensure ongoing quality of service delivery.
Core Service Providers have agreed to focus on crisis services as a priority. Over the next year, we will review current crisis supports across service area, establish evaluation matrix for enhancement to crisis services, and establish level/standard of care for crisis services.