Projects

  • Reporting Mental Health Performance across Canadian Provinces
    September 2015 – December 2016
    The aim of the project is to create and report on six important mental health indicators that can be compared across and within five Canadian provinces: British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario and Quebec. Health indicators support health authorities and facilities as they monitor the health of their populations and track how well their health systems function. The project is designed to address important gaps in mental health performance measurement in Canada. In addition to a report of the six indicators, the project will produce a repository for meta-data that can be used for further development and creation of indicators.
  • Mental Health Teletriage Evaluation
    May 2016 – June 2017
    This project will involve conducting an evaluation of an innovative mental health teletriage program. The service is a collaborative program between St. Paul's Hospital and the Vancouver Police Department. Police will use a two-way video connection to access mental health staff at the St. Paul’s Hospital Acute Behavioral Stabilization Unit (ABSU). The goal of the program is to enhance access to information to support effective and efficient triage of patients experiencing a mental health crises. CARMHA has been contracted to conduct the formative evaluation of the program.
  • Publicly-funded live-in addiction recovery services in British Columbia
    May 2016 – December 2016
    This project will lay a foundation for improved access to publicly funded live-in addiction recovery programs throughout British Columbia. The project will involve creating a detailed map and inventory of existing publicly funded live-in addiction recovery programs in BC. It will also involve a literature review supplemented by consultations with experts in mental health and addiction treatment. The project will provide important information about service availability, clients' needs, patterns of service use, gaps and best practices for maximizing resources.
  • Estimated Prevalence & Distribution of Selected DSM-5 Mental Disorders & Substance Use Disorder Groups in BC
    May 2016 – April 2017
    This 12 month study is the first phase of a broader effort to support evidence-based planning for mental health and substance use services in the province. Initiated by the British Columbia (BC) Ministry of Health (MoH) with the support of the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research, the study will provide the MoH the most up to date epidemiological prevalence and distribution estimates of adults in BC for selected mental disorders and substance use disorders.
  • Needs Based Planning of Mental Health and Substance Use Services in British Columbia
    June 2017-May 2019
    Building off of the work completed in Phase 1 of the Prevalence & Distribution Study, this phase will involve: (1) the development of detailed ideal suites of services for thirteen selected DSM-5 disorders, and (2) the integration and sizing of these service suites across a tiered functional framework (accounting for comorbidty). This second phase is a two-year project (June 2017 to May 2019) supported by the Ministry of Mental Health and Addiction and the BC Mental Health Foundation that aims to provide a comprehensive estimation of mental health and substance use disorder needs for adults in BC.