What is ACCESS Open Minds?
ACCESS Open Minds is a national research and evaluation network that marks a major Canadian innovation in youth mental health service design, delivery, evaluation, and research.
Through 14 services sites located in 6 provinces and 1 territory using a common research and evaluation program co-developed with, youth, families/carers, and service providers, ACCESS OM will generate new knowledge about youth mental health services in diverse contexts across Canada to ensure that Canadian youth receive the right care, at the right time, in the right place.
Learn more about the work being done across the ACCESS OM Network by downloading the 2016-17 Impact Report.
Download the ACCESS Open Minds Project Overview for a summary of the project, and scroll down to learn more about each of the project’s components.
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Why research and evaluation?
There is a lot of evidence about the problems related to youth mental health, but very little is known about what approaches work best, especially for youth in Canada. The research generated by ACCESS OM will help to fill this gap in knowledge.
The ACCESS Open Minds service delivery framework builds on existing youth mental health services to provide direct access to mental health assessments to youth seeking help. This framework includes staffing roles (such as clinicians, lay health workers, peer supporters), as well as service components (such as early identification activities and land-based programming) to engage youth, their families and carers, as well as community members in the delivery of youth mental health services.