MONTREAL, Dec. 5, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - Quebec's Health and Welfare
Commissioner has devoted the fourth Appraisal Report of the Performance of the Health and Social Services
System to mental health. To create the report, the Commissioner called upon many experts, such
as Marie-Josée Fleury, PhD, a researcher at the Douglas Mental Health
University Institute and Professor at McGill University. She and her
colleague Guy Grenier, PhD, wrote one of the four volumes in the report
that deals with the current status of mental health care. In this
volume, they demonstrate the importance of improving access to care and
increasing flow between services.
A volume of over 200 pages, this status report gives an overview of the
prevalence of mental disorders and their consequences, the use and
organization of mental health services, best practices in treatment and
intervention, and the transformation of services over the past five
The Commissioner used this overview to make recommendations in mental
health care, which include completing the implementation of the
"guichets d'accès" (entry points), increasing the number of responding
psychiatrists, and implementing formal liaison mechanisms between
different service levels.
"We welcome the release of this report entirely dedicated to mental
health, which is a major issue for Quebec society." stated Lynne McVey,
Executive Director of the Douglas Institute. "The Douglas is proud to
have contributed to this report through the expertise of our
researchers Marie-Josée Fleury and Guy Grenier."
"McGill University joins the Douglas Institute in acknowledging our
researchers' contribution to the Commissioner's report. The fact that
the Commissioner sought out this collaboration serves as recognition of
the drive and excellence that characterize our health research
institutions, which are dedicated to the well-being of Quebeckers,"
added David Eidelman, Vice Principle (Health Affairs) and Dean of
Medicine at McGill University.
Since its creation in 2009, the Appraisal Report of the Performance of the Health and Social Services
System has provided documented clarification to advance public debate and aid
in government decision-making.
SOURCE: Douglas Mental Health University Institute
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