From the information gathered during CMHA's Children's Services' "Ending Wait Times" project mapping sessions, we are now working to move from sticky notes, to a rough design of the maps, to what you will see during the upcoming validation sessions! Check out the photos to see the progress so far.
What’s a validation session?
We will bring together staff/managers from partner agencies, youth, and family members to review the maps we created with staff at CMHA and DCAFS, and ask them to add their perspectives and experiences, tell us what is currently working well in terms of child/youth mental health services and referral pathways, and identify where they experience challenges in accessing, moving through or exiting services at CMHA or DCAFS.
Highlights from February 2018:
A big thanks to the 50 people across CMHA WW and DCAFS who participated in the mapping sessions! We can’t wait to engage even more people during validation sessions.
If you attended any one of the mapping sessions and haven’t provided feedback yet, you can find the online survey here.
What’s coming up in March 2018:
We’ve started putting together all of the information gathered and first drafts of the maps will be posted soon at CMHA and DCAFS so staff who were not able to attend the mapping sessions (and those who did, too!) can add additional information.
Validation sessions on the maps will begin at DCAFS with partner agencies on March 7! Wellington partners will follow (March 19).
Drop-in validation session with children, youth, and families will be held at CMHA Silvercreek office on March 12 from 2-4pm and 6:30-8pm. Children, youth, and families who receive services from DCAFS and CMHA Fergus and Mt Forest will be booked for one-on-one conversations over the next month at a time that works for them!
For questions or to learn more, please contact Heather Callum, Systems Coordinator for Child/Youth Mental Health at firstname.lastname@example.org.