Policy papers

Our policy papers provide more in-depth evidence, analysis and recommendations for action on pressing issues in child and youth mental health in Ontario.

Access and wait times

No more, no less: Brief mental health services for children and youth

2012

As multiple ministries work together to grapple with challenges impacting access and wait times, this paper provides policy recommendations focused on the implementation and delivery of timely, high quality and accessible short-term services to children and youth in Ontario.

 

Access and wait times in child and youth mental health: A background paper 

2010

The policy paper gives an overview of the research on access and barriers to mental health care and provides recommendations for improving access to child and youth mental health care in Ontario.

Care pathways

Paving the path to connected care: Strengthening the interface between primary care and community-based child and youth mental health services

2017

This paper outlines recommendations to establish collaborative and integrated care partnerships between primary care providers and community-based mental health service providers to improve access to care, quality of care and mental health care outcomes of children and youth across the province.

 

Pathways to care for youth with concurrent mental health and substance use disorders

2014

This paper provides policy recommendations around improving services for young people in Ontario between the ages 12 of 24 years old who have concurrent mental health and substance use disorders.

Digital and e-mental health solutions

Using technology to deliver mental health services to children and youth in Ontario 

2013

Drawing from literature on the use of technology in mental health service provision, this paper identifies policy and decision makers' perspectives and provides policy recommendations around using technology to deliver mental health services to youth in Ontario.

Early childhood

Beyond building blocks: Investing in the lifelong mental health of Ontario's three- to six-year-olds

2019

Investing in the mental health of children aged three to six yields benefits to children, families and the healthcare system. In collaboration with Infant Mental Health Promotion and School Mental Health Ontario (formerly School Mental Health ASSIST), we've outlined eight key recommendations to support positive mental health promotion in Ontario's three- to six-year-olds.

 

Supporting Ontario's youngest minds: Investing in the mental health of children under 6

2014

This paper focuses on infant and early childhood mental health service availability and accessibility in Ontario, including evidence-informed policy recommendations to strengthen infant and early childhood mental health services in the province.

Planning and governance

Adding it all up: A value-based planning process for child and youth mental health services

2015

This paper proposes an answer to the question posed by the (former) Ministry of Children and Youth Services (MCYS) and lead agencies: How can lead agencies best allocate their resources across the seven core services?

 

Governance for agencies in Ontario's transitioning child and youth mental health sector

2014

This paper is intended to support the work of policy and decision makers, who may use this information to develop policies aimed at strengthening the overall operations and accountability of lead and service agencies in Ontario's transitioning child and youth mental health system.

School-based mental health

Taking mental health to school: A policy-oriented paper on school-based mental health for Ontario

2009

An overview of the research on school-based prevention intervention and treatment for mental health disorders and substance abuse as well as policy recommendations for moving forward successfully with future directions in school-based mental health services.

 

Scanning the practice landscape in school-based mental health

2009

This scan provides a snapshot of the school-based mental health practice landscape within the province in 2009.

Services for special interest groups

Policy recommendations for services impacting francophones, newcomers and transition-aged youth.

 

Pourquoi pas? Strengthening French language service delivery in Ontario's child and youth mental health sector

2017

Addressing the experiences of francophones in Ontario is critical to fulfilling the goal for all children, youth, families and the service providers supporting them to know what mental health services are available in their communities and how to access these supports when and where they need them. This policy paper identifies the unique strengths and needs of Ontario's francophone population within the transforming child and youth mental health system and provides evidence-informed recommendations to guide French language service delivery for the province's francophone children, youth and families.

 

Taking action on health equity and diversity: Responding to the mental health needs of children, youth and families new to Canada

2015

Bringing together the latest evidence from research as well as the experiences of service providers and users, this policy paper will help policy leaders and decision makers better understand and respond to the mental health needs of newcomer children, youth and families in their local communities.

 

We've got growing up to do: Transitioning youth from child and adolescent mental health services to adult mental health services

2011

This paper provides policy recommendations for improving services for transitioning youth entering the adult mental health system.

Archive

Getting our acts together: Interagency collaborations in child and youth mental health

2009

Reviewing the literature, this policy paper outlines how child and youth mental health organizations can operate more seamlessly to provide mental health services in Ontario.

 

The roots of violence: Evidence from the literature with emphasis on child and youth mental health disorder

2008

This report outlines the relationship between mental health, emotional and behavioural challenges and perpetration of violence in youth, and the potential implications this relationship may have on public policy.

 

Rooting mental health in an Aboriginal worldview: Inspired by “Many hands one dream”

2008

This paper outlines an Indigenous worldview on mental health and well-being as well as specific policy recommendations to improve the mental health of Indigenous children, youth and communities.

 

Linking poverty and mental health: A lifespan view

2008

Informed by literature examining the relationship between poverty and child and youth mental health, this policy paper aims to help policy leaders and decision makers understand the relationship between poverty and mental health in children, youth and families.