System Gap

The Sudbury Manitoulin Service Collaborative will develop an intervention to help youth aged 14 to 24 years transition to adult services by:
• Refining information about local services for consumers and referrers, and;
• Clarifying service access and pathways across sectors that will address the needs of youth already in the system who are transitioning to adult services, and those in need of services.

Intervention

The Sudbury-Manitoulin Service Collaborative is developing and implementing a protocol to facilitate the transition from the youth mental health and addictions system to the adult mental health and addiction system, based on recommendations from the TRACK study to . The protocol will include:

• Steps for information sharing
• Creating cross boundary relationships between service providers
• Fostering personal and therapeutic relationships between youth and service providers
• A referral process
• Adaptations for remote areas (due to the region’s vast geography) as well as First Nation and Francophone communities.

The Service Collaborative will also be developing other intervention materials to address this gap, including an app and a training. The app for youth will assist with their transition and connect them to services in the Districts of Sudbury and Manitoulin. The training will address how the adult system can become more youth friendly as well as help the youth system help prepare youth to make a successful transition to adulthood and into the adult system.

Local Evaluation Plan

The Evaluation Plan will outline indicators to be used in assessing the impact of the system intervention. These indicators and the process for evaluation will be determined in detail during the Installation Phase.

Progress

Exploration - complete Installation - in progress Initial Implementation Full Implementation

For more information, please contact:

Sandra Watson, Regional Implementation Coordinator
705 675-1195 ext. 78327