Child and Youth Mental Health provides a wide range of
community-based specialized mental health services to mentally ill children
and their families and to those at risk of or vulnerable to mental illness.
Two complementary child and youth mental health service components have
First, a network of Ministry of Children and Family
Development (MCFD) mental health staff and sessional psychiatrists function
on specialized teams or in integrated child and family centres. Three
contracted agencies in Prince George, Powell River and Vancouver/Richmond
offer services and supports equivalent to MCFD staffed programs. Consistent
with a multi-disciplinary approach to service provision, MCFD program
staff typically include psychologists, social workers, counselors with
masters degrees, and nurses.
Second, an extensive program of contracted service agencies
extends the MCFD staffed programs by providing specialized and mental
health-related community-based services. While these services are funded
directly by MCFD, they can be funded jointly with other ministries, and
non-government sources, to achieve a desired level of service integration
in communities. They are designed to complement or augment staffed services,
and offer a flexible way of responding to varying regional needs.
Within MCFD staffed services and contracted agency equivalents
there are two major categories of service as follows:
- Direct Clinical Services are provided to a
specific, identifiable and registered client or to others involved in
direct support of this client. These services include intake, screening
and referral, assessment and planning, treatment, case management, and
clinical consultation. Cases are prioritized according to risk and impairment,
with individuals who are suicidal or experiencing extreme impaired functioning
due to acute mental illness having highest priority.
- Targeted Community Support is comprised of
a range of services intended to support other service providers (e.g.,
school counselors, family physicians) who may be working directly with
individuals not registered with CYMHS or contracted agency equivalent
programs and other community services and programs. Targeted Community
Development may include mental health consultation, program consultation,
service system planning, community coordination, and education and health
promotion, all targeted to children's mental health needs.