Care Pathways in Infant and Early Mental Health

Care pathways guide children and families to, through and out of care ensuring that they are matched with the best services, at the right time and in the most appropriate format for the family. In collaboration with the Ontario Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health, and in partnership with community-based, cross-sectoral groups of professionals, IEMHP coordinates and pilots a series of workshops that focus on services and supports for young children from birth to age 6, and aim at unravelling the care and service pathways that can be developed to support infant and early mental health in these pilot communities.

This initiative will focus on services and supports for young children from birth to age 6 and the care pathways we can develop to support infant and early mental health in your community.  Care pathways guide children and families to, through and out of care ensuring that they are matched with the best service, at the right time and in the most appropriate format for the family.

Together, these projects highlight the importance of:
  • ensuring high-quality, evidence-based information for service providers across sectors
  • developing clear care pathways for young Ontarians experiencing mental health challenges, regardless of the sector in which these issues present themselves
  • using a planned implementation approach to ensure evidence-based service delivery
 
A key recommendation from Beyond Building Blocks: Investing in the lifelong mental health of Ontario’s three- to six-year-olds is to strengthen partnerships across sectors to ensure effective communication, clear and efficient care pathways and accountability that will lead to timely and appropriate mental health services. Our goal is to work with communities to support the creation of care pathways that meet the needs of children from birth to age six.

Together, we would like to discuss current infant and early mental health practices and initiatives in your community and identify opportunities to strengthen and improve knowledge and services specific to infant and early mental health. Discussions will focus on:
  • Review the findings from the Community Table Initiative completed in 2016.
  • Identify opportunities to enhance existing programs, services, knowledge, and policies affecting children from birth to age 6.
  • Consider what a care pathway focused on supporting mental health in those from birth to six might look like; and
  • Create a comprehensive pathway to services to improve outcomes for children and their families.
 
With each community we will integrate the findings from these discussion into a care pathway for the community’s review and provide implementation support (including required training, development, etc.).