2013 and Transformation for Child and Youth Mental Health
At the CMHO Conference in November, The Ministry of Child and Youth Services announced its Plan for Transformation: Moving on Mental Health - a system that makes sense for children and youth. The transformation aims to "Transform the experience of children, youth, families and caregivers by: Connecting them earlier to community-based mental health services; Establishing clear and streamlined pathways to care between primary care, schools and supports they need; and Making it clear what kinds of mental health services they can expect to have access to locally, regionally, and provincially spanning services funded by MCYS as well as across government. The transformation aims to allow families, children and youth to know what to expect when they first approach school, or their primary care practitioner for help with a mental health problem and transparent pathways to faciliate earlier identification and more rapid, streamlined access to service. To enable this transformation system structure must change. The MCYS plans to establish lead agencies to be accountable through contracts with MCYS for core child and youth mental health services within defined geographic areas or communities. Families, children, youth and key professionals will know who to go to and who is accountable for services in their community.
The MCYS is convening a Family and Youth Panel on System change that will allow for input from those most directly effected to have input, consultation, and feedback from development through to implementation. PCMH has been part of those initial conversations and looks forward to working with the MCYS to continue to represent family voice, as well as families across the Province having opportunity to have input like never before.
PCMH too continues to transform and grow in an effort to provide the best support, education, and empowerment opportunities to its members. We hope to see growth once again to PCMH and its capacity to further support its members and the families across the Province who deal with the unique challenges of raising children and youth with mental illness.
Would your school benefit from and be interested in a workshop designed specifically for educators? PCMH together with the School Based Mental Health and Substance Abuse Consortium has produced a video "Opening UP" that targets educational professionals and is geared to increase the capacity of educators to be proactive in schools in assisting children and youth with mental illness. PCMH offers this video along with workshop to schools and audiences of all sizes. For more information about the presentation, and to bring it to your school visit www.pcmh.ca/openingup.
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Another opportunity for families to have a voice and provide input.
The Ministry's Advisory Council on Special Education (MACSE) is looking for your input. The purpose is to obtain targeted feedback to support discussions at the next MACSE meeting on February 6th.
Please feel free to provide input on issues related to special education programs and services. Submissions are required to MACSE by February 1, 2013.
To obtain a feedback form and to lend your voice to the conversation about special education in the schools and what is needed contact firstname.lastname@example.org SUBJECT LINE: MACSE form. We will provide you with the form for completion and submit all our members' input to MACSE by February 1, 2013. Please note that in order to allow us time to correlate and forward data by the due date, your input should be submitted to PCMH by no later than January 29th, 2013.
Giving to Grow Campaign 2013!! Check out our home page www.pcmh.ca for more information on how you can participate and Grow Together with PCMH so family voice can continue to be influential.
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