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Mental Health and Addictions Research Program Symposium


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March 3, 2015

The Mental Health and Addictions Research Program of the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES) held a special symposium on March 2 at St. James Cathedral Centre in Toronto. The event saw the launch of the baseline scorecard for child and youth mental health in Ontario which ICES had been tasked with as part of Open Minds, Healthy Minds: Ontario's Comprehensive Mental Health and Addictions Strategy.

At this symposium, opening remarks by Susan Pigott, Chair of Ontario's Mental Health and Addictions Leadership Advisory Council, set the stage for the half-day program.

Then, the nearly 100 participants and stakeholders heard from government and ICES representatives about:

  1. The Expanded Mental Health and Addictions Strategy that builds on the first phase of the Strategy to improve services and care for Ontarians of all ages who have mental illness and addictions.
    • Nancy Kennedy
      Assistant Deputy Minister, Healthy System Strategy and Policy Division, Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care
    • Aryeh Gitterman
      Assistant Deputy Minister, Policy Development and Program Design Division, Ministry of Children and Youth Services
  2. The baseline scorecard for child and youth mental health in Ontario and the MHASEF Research Team's continued work to develop a scorecard for the Expanded Mental Health and Addictions Strategy.
    • Astrid Guttmann
      Chief Science Officer, ICES
      Staff Physician and Senior Associate Scientist, Hospital for Sick Children
    • Paul Kurdyak
      Director of Health System Research, CAMH
      Mental Health and Addictions Research Program Lead, ICES
  3. Highlights of data integration activities undertaken by ICES.
    • Karey Iron
      Director of Data Partnerships and Development, ICES
  4. Highlights of mental health and addictions research that is being undertaken at ICES.
    • Ethnic Differences in Mental Illness Severity in Ontario
      Maria Chiu, Staff Scientist, ICES
    • Frequent Use of Emergency Departments for Mental Health and Addictions
      Karen Urbanoski, Scientist, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
    • Costs of Mental Health Care Services among High Cost Users in Ontario
      Claire de Oliveira, Independent Scientist and Health Economist, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health

Michael Baker, Chair, ICES board of directors and Michael Schull, ICES president and CEO wrapped up the busy agenda with closing remarks.

Read the report, The Mental Health of Children and Youth in Ontario Report: A Baseline Scorecard

Astrid Guttmann

Astrid Guttmann

Paul Kurdyak

Paul Kurdyak

Karey Iron

Karey Iron

Maria Chiu

Maria Chiu

Michael Baker

Michael Baker

Michael Schull

Michael Schull

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