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Setting the standards for youth and family engagement

Posted on Tuesday, October 08, 2019 10:30 AM

Pursuing excellence demands that we define it. In 2018 we began developing provincial quality standards for youth and family engagement in partnership with youth, families, clinicians and researchers from all over Ontario. Now that we have draft standards, we’re developing coaching and implementation resources to support organizations who want to put the standards into action.

What is a quality standard?

A quality standard consists of several quality statements (or principles) that describe what...

Developing caseload/workload guidelines for Ontario’s child and youth mental health sector

Posted on Friday, August 23, 2019 10:00 AM

In 2016, the Auditor General of Ontario recommended the development of caseload guidelines to better assess the efficiency, effectiveness and value-for-money of services offered by publicly funded child and youth mental health (CYMH) agencies. The Centre, in partnership with Children’s Mental Health Ontario, established a working group to provide recommendations to the Ministry for developing and implementing such guidelines. 

This cross-sectoral  working group included representatives...

Impact report 2019: Raising the bar for children, youth and families

Posted on Wednesday, July 31, 2019 10:00 AM

This year — 2019 — is a big one for us at the Centre: it’s our 15th anniversary and we know that we have a lot to be proud of! Even within just the past year we have led the development of quality standards for youth and family engagement, implemented recommendations to bridge the gap between primary care and community-based mental health services, helped improve data integration and access for decision-making and much more.

And all that during a year in which transition has been an overriding theme....

Investing in the lifelong mental health of Ontario’s three- to six-year-olds

Posted on Thursday, June 20, 2019 01:00 PM

What happens in early childhood can shape the lifelong health and well-being of individuals and their communities. It is during these critical years that we learn how to manage and express our emotions as well as to develop close relationships with other children and adults. 

Recent Ontario data suggests that a troubling number of children experience social-emotional vulnerability in their earliest years. These issues are starting to be seen more and more often in early learning and care settings,...

Executive director departure announcement

Posted on Tuesday, June 18, 2019 10:00 AM

The Ontario Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health and CHEO are announcing that our executive director, Michelle Hurtubise, has resigned to pursue a new career opportunity in a direct care, community-based organization. 

We are grateful to Michelle for her leadership over the past 3 years, particularly stewarding us through a new strategic plan that reinforces our commitment to improving service quality and mobilizing knowledge for Ontario’s community-based child and youth mental...