TORONTO, Nov. 7, 2011 /CNW/ - Ontario's four specialty mental health
hospitals have come together and developed a new innovative and
standardized approach to measure critical performance indicators of
mental health care—a first for the province.
The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), Ontario Shores Centre
for Mental Health Sciences (Ontario Shores), Royal Ottawa Mental Health
Group (The Royal) and Waypoint Centre for Mental Health Care (Waypoint)
today launched the Mental Health and Addictions Quality Initiative at the Ontario Hospital Association's HealthAchieve conference.
"We have developed quality indicators for our mental health care
facilities to increase transparency, accountability and consistency,"
says Glenna Raymond, President and CEO, Ontario Shores. "Each
organization has measureable data that is standardized, comparable and
provides meaningful information to the public."
The indicators were developed in response to the hospitals' recognition
of the need to have performance indicators specific to mental health
care. The mental health indicators represent performance in key areas
including client complexity, client outcomes, client access, staff
safety, human resources, fiscal responsibility and client safety.
"For CAMH, this initiative is about keeping our promises-- to our
patients, our staff, and our community," says Dr. Catherine Zahn,
President and CEO, CAMH. "It's also about getting better. We are
passionately invested in these goals."
The indicators help each organization measure its outcomes, quality,
safety and fiscal responsibilities as a public hospital and share this
information with the community in a way that is consistent for all
mental health care facilities in Ontario.
"The real winners are the patients who will benefit as a result of this
benchmarking," says Carol Lambie, President and CEO, Waypoint. "It's
an opportunity for staff to access data and information sharing for
translation and implementation of best practices."
This is the first time specialty mental health hospitals have come
together to define, measure and share their outcomes. This
collaboration will ensure all mental health care hospitals are aligned
with provincial and national data measurement initiatives.
"Measuring indicators specific to mental health provides meaningful data
to ensure that we maintain the best level of care possible to clients
across the province," says George Weber, President and CEO, The Royal.
The data is collected through CIHI's Ontario Mental Health Reporting
System. "This initiative demonstrates how collaboration can lead to
innovation in the use of data and information, to the benefit of
Ontario patients and their families. By using comparable data,
Ontario's specialty mental health hospitals will be in a better
position to learn from each other and advance outcomes both within
their facilities and across the healthcare system," says Jean-Marie
Berthelot, Vice-President of Programs, Canadian Institute for Health
View a copy of the Mental Health and Addictions Quality Initiative
About the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH):
CAMH is Canada's largest mental health and addiction teaching hospital,
as well as one of the world's leading research centres in the area of
addiction and mental health. CAMH combines clinical care, research,
education, policy development and health promotion to help transform
the lives of people affected by mental health and addiction issues.
CAMH is fully affiliated with the University of Toronto, and is a Pan
American Health Organization/World Health Organization Collaborating
About Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences (Ontario Shores):
Ontario Shores is a leader in mental health care, providing a spectrum
of specialized assessment and treatment services for people living with
complex mental illness. Patients benefit from a recovery-oriented
environment of care, built on compassion, inspiration and hope. Ontario
Shores engages in research, education and advocacy initiatives to
advance the mental health care system.
About Royal Ottawa Mental Health Group (The Royal):
The Royal is one of Canada's foremost mental health care and academic
health science centres. Its mandate is simple: to get more people
living with mental illness into recovery faster. The Royal combines the
delivery of specialized mental health care, advocacy, research and
education to transform the lives of people with complex and treatment
resistant mental illness. The Royal Ottawa Foundation for Mental Health
raises funds that support The Royal's work while placing a sharp focus
on awareness building through the You Know Who I Am campaign. For more
information, please visit www.theroyal.ca.
About Waypoint Centre for Mental Health Care (Waypoint):
Located in Penetanguishene, Waypoint has a 100 year history of offering
healing and inspiring hope through innovative treatment, compassionate
care and an emphasis on quality of daily life. An extensive range of
regional forensic, acute and longer term psychiatric inpatient and
outpatient services are part of the fully accredited hospital. Waypoint
includes the province's 160-bed maximum security provincial forensic
hospital and is recognized as an official teaching hospital and
university based research academic centre.
SOURCE Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences
For further information:
or to set up an interview, please contact:
Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH)
Director, Communications and Public Affairs
Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences
905-430-4055 ext. 6068
Chief Communications Officer
Director of Communications and Fund Development
Waypoint Centre for Mental Health Care
705-549-3181, ext. 2214