OTTAWA (ON), November 16, 2022 /CNW/ – Health PEI reached an agreement to support the implementation of evidence-based Stepped Care 2.0© (SC2.0) with the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC); Drs. Cornish Stone, AnnMarie Churchill, and the Stepped Care Solutions (SCS) team; and the CIHR (Canadian Institutes of Health Research) Progressive Digitalization of Mental Health Care research team from Memorial University.
SC2.0 is a person-centred, strengths-based model for mental health and addictions service delivery. It provides a framework for organizing existing services and resources along a tiered continuum to help individuals find and access the care they need, when they need it. SC2.0 expands timely access to mental health and addictions services, supports comprehensive care, and is flexible to meet the varied needs and preferences of diverse populations.
As a first step towards implementing SC2.0, Community Mental Health and Addictions at Health PEI. will take an individual counseling approach (OAAT) across the continuum of care. The OAAT approach will work with existing services and strengths to improve timely access to mental health and addictions support. Health PEI also works with staff and key community stakeholders to co-design the SC2.0 model for the province. The first step will be the implementation of the One At A Time consulting approach.
This latest partnership builds on the success of similar Stepped Care initiatives in Newfoundland and Labradorthe Nova Scotia Department of Health and the Northwest Territories. The MHCC and SCS will assist Health PEI. to increase opportunities for timely access to care through an OAAT approach as part of an integrated continuum of care. This is an important step towards implementing SC2.0 on Prince Edward Island and ensuring that all Islanders can access the care they need, close to home, when they are ready.
“Our goal is to equip Islanders with the resources they need and empower individuals to make informed decisions about their care. This collaboration with the MHCC and SCS will support our work towards this goal.
Joanne Donahoeexecutive director of mental health and addictions
“The Mental Health Commission of Canada is proud to announce its collaboration with Health PEI. He has long championed Stepped Care 2.0 as a transformative approach to strengthening mental health and addictions care across the country, providing pathways to the most effective, least intensive support that meets people’s needs.
Michael RodriguePresident and CEO
Mental Health Commission of Canada
Newfoundland and Labrador:
The Stepped Care 2.0 model has helped improve access to services through reduced wait times, with some communities reporting no wait lists. After the completion of the demonstration project, the team obtained $1.2 million in funding from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) to develop a technology platform and assess its potential to significantly improve mental health care and access to Newfoundland and Labrador, New Brunswickand Health PEI
Once successfully scaled in the MHCC’s SC2.0 demonstration project in NL, the model is being implemented in other provinces and territories – with shared benefits for providers and people accessing care – thanks to the MHCC’s partnership with its founder, Dr. Cornish Stoneand the Stepped Care Solutions team.
To learn more about SC2.0, please visit the MHCC’s SC2.0 webpage here.
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SOURCE Mental Health Commission of Canada
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