About ACCESS

Project governance

Oversight Committee

Purpose/Mandate

The Oversight Committee monitors the progress of the project to make sure that the established milestones and objectives of the project are achieved.

Members

There are four representatives on the committee. Two represent the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and two are from the Graham Boeckh Foundation.


Advisory Council

Purpose/Mandate

The National Advisory Council has the mandate to promote and facilitate ACCESS Open Minds’ mission and vision. It provides strategic advice and identifies possibilities for co-operation with other initiatives.

Members

The 16-member council is made up of youth, academics, senior managers, justice professionals, and experts in youth mental health. The Nominated Principal Investigator, the National Director, a representative each from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and the Graham Boeckh foundation also sit on the council.


Executive Committee

Purpose/Mandate

As the principal governing body for operational issues of ACCESS Open Minds, the Executive Committee offers guidance on operational topics such as youth and family engagement, partnerships, service transformation, other operational activities, sustainability, and scale-up.

Members

The committee is co-chaired by both the Nominated Principal Investigator and Director of Operations. Members include:

  • Two representatives from the Youth Council
  • One representative from the Family and Carers Council
  • One representative from each of the sites
  • One representative from Quebec’s youth protection services
  • The Scientific-Clinical Director

ACCESS Open Minds Youth Council

Purpose/Mandate

The mission of the Youth Council is to create a real culture of change in youth mental health services by facilitating the involvement of young people in the project at the ACCESS Open Minds sites. The council promotes sustainable youth engagement and active participation by ensuring that all members have a safe forum for support where their contributions are respected. Each member is encouraged to share their voice, speak to any issues related to the project, work together, and collaborate with other ACCESS OM stakeholders.

Members

The council is composed of young people who have experienced mental health concerns or been involved in mental health initiatives in any capacity, including two representatives from each of the ACCESS OM sites.


ACCESS Open Minds Family and Carers Council

Purpose/Mandate

The ACCESS Family and Carers Council (AFC) aims to give a voice to families and carers of youth so that their perspective is reflected at each level of youth mental health service transformation.

Members

The AFC is made up of family members and carers of youth who have experienced mental health concerns from each of the ACCESS OM sites and local communities.


RCT Steering Committee

Purpose/Mandate

The RCT Steering Committee focuses on how the cluster randomized trial is conducted.

Members

In addition to the Nominated Principal Investigator and the Scientific-Clinical Director, four experts external to the project share their knowledge in the fields of biostatistics, research in youth at high risk for mental disorders, Indigenous and cross-cultural health, as well as collaborative mental health care.


Research/Evaluation Advisory Committee

Purpose/Mandate

The Research/Evaluation Advisory Committee serves as a resource for the National Principal Investigator and the Scientific-Clinical Director on all matters relating to quantitative and qualitative methods and measures, data collection, and research at the service level.

Members

This group includes core ACCESS Open Minds research investigators, researchers or research representatives from each of the sites, one representative from the Youth Council, and one representative from the Family/Carers Council.