For the full project website please visit: ACCESS-MH
Project: In conjunction with Memorial University, University of New Brunswick, and Saint Mary’s University, 15 comparative projects are underway studying Anxiety, Depression, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Conduct Disorder, and Eating Disorders. The ultimate goal is to collect and mobilize longitudinal data for better mental health services for children and youth in Atlantic Canada.
Background: Children with mental health disorders receive treatment and services through a myriad of service providers including health professionals, educators, social workers, and, in severe cases, the justice system. The provision of care is largely uncoordinated and results in poor outcomes, lengthy queues, and inefficiencies. The aim of this research program is to bring together a cross-sector and interdisciplinary team of researchers, health care providers, and decision makers from across Atlantic Canada (Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Newfoundland & Labrador) to take a diverse and innovative approach to studying how services are provided to children and youth identified with any of the five mental health conditions listed above.
Objectives: To document and analyze how treatment is received across government sectors including Health, Education, Social Development, Justice, Public Safety, and Youth and Family Services. Using both quantitative and qualitative methods the key research objectives are to 1. document service delivery in the four provinces through analysis of administrative data sets and personal patient journeys, and 2. use this information and the technique of operations research to propose more effective approaches to service delivery for these five conditions.