Brief Child and Family Phone Interview (BCFPI)
The BCFPI is an electronic tool developed to assist the clinical intake, screening and functional assessment of children and youth (ages 3-19) being referred for mental health services. It is based on a computer-assisted half-hour interview, and screens for the presence and severity of a broad range of mental health and functioning problems. Interviews can be conducted with parents, teachers or youth. A web-based version of the tool has recently been implemented across the province.
Community and Residential Information System (CARIS)
The Ministry currently uses a Ministry of Health shared information system that is slated to be retired within two years. The development of a new information management tool tailored to the needs of child and youth mental health services will allow the accurate and appropriate tracking of clients, services and outcomes and will ensure accountability and confidentiality. CARIS will provide a new information management tool for Child and Youth Mental Health, Maples Adolescent Treatment Centre, Youth Forensic Psychiatric Services and Provincial Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services. Implementation of the new tool in Child and Youth Mental Health is expected to start in late 2006.