Service Needs for British Columbians with Severe Addictions and/or Mental Illness Development of Ideal Care Pathways

The current project extends previous work done at CARMHA (see 2006), using a modified methodology. In the current report, we developed service need estimates for the severe populations from four major disorder groups: mood disorders (major depressive disorder, dysthymia), anxiety disorders (panic disorder, social phobia, generalized anxiety disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder), eating disorders, and substance use disorders (adult and youth). The report focuses on adults between the ages of 19 and 80 years and youth with severe addictions between the ages of 10 and 18 years. We recognize that adults with less severe mental disorders and youth with severe or less severe mental illness have significant needs that also must be addressed.

The overall goals of the project were to:

  • Develop estimates of the variety and quantity of mental health and addiction services and supports needed by adults in BC with severe addictions and/or mental illness and by youth with severe addictions. The estimated need for services and supports will be projected over the next ten years based on provincial population data).
  • Use available sources of information to quantify the levels and types of services utilized currently by the adult population with severe addictions and/or mental illness.
  • Compare the ‘ideal’ suite of services with current levels and types of service utilization in order to identify gaps in care.
  • Develop estimates of the cost of closing identified gaps in the current system of care.
  • Recommend and prioritize options at the Provincial level for closing the identified gaps in care

Partners:

BC Ministry of Health Services

Funding:

BC Ministry of Health Services

Contact Info:

Please contact CARMHA for more information

Resources:

Patterson, M., Jones, W., Somers, J. & Khamisa, H.  Estimating Service Needs for British Columbians with Severe Addictions and/or Mental Illness  Development of Ideal Care Pathways. Prepared for CARMHA SAMI Project and the Ministry of Health November, 2008

Note that there are many internal reports that support this report.  A partial list is:

  1. Estimating Service Nees for British Columbians with Severe Addictions and/or MentalIllness (Full Report of Methods and Results)
  2. Best Practices in Service Delivery for Individuals with Severe Addictions and/or Mental Illness: Literature Review
  3. Estimating Service Needs for British Columbians with Severe Addictions and/or Mental Illness: References and Appendicies
  4. Prevalence Rates: Development and Rationale
  5. Potential Refinement of Current Service Utilization Data

2008