The Oversight Committee monitors the progress and ensures established milestones and objectives are achieved.
There are four representatives on the committee. Two represent the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and two are from the Graham Boeckh Foundation.
National Advisory Council
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.
The council is made up of youth, academics, senior managers, justice professionals, and experts in youth mental health from across Canada. The Nominated Principal Investigator and a representative each from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and the Graham Boeckh foundation also sit on the council.
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.
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
To provide leadership, information, knowledge, and advice to the ACCESS OM Network and to other interested parties respecting any matter affecting or pertaining to Indigenous people, relevant to the purpose and duties of the ACCESS OM Network including:
- Indigenous rights, culture, traditions, history and circumstances;
- The needs, values and expectations of Indigenous communities in relation to youth mental health and social determinants of health;
- Priorities, objectives, programs, and strategies to achieve ACCESS OM core objectives (early identification, rapid access, appropriate care, continuity of care, youth & family/carer engagement), the integration of research into clinical practice, and data collection;
- To advise and partner on sustainability plans for ACCESS OM;
- The principles of Ownership, Control, Access, and Possession (OCAP);
- Responding to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC) Calls to Action/recommendations;
- Build relationships and disseminate knowledge derived from ACCESS OM data trends from Indigenous communities, to advocate and build capacity with Indigenous communities and interested parties;
- Advocate, promote, and encourage Indigenous researchers and Indigenous youth researchers.
Membership of the Indigenous council includes:
- Six designated members from Indigenous sites within the ACCESS OM Network including Elders, youth, and site members. Six alternate members.
- Two members of ACCESS OM Central Office, including the Director of Services and Engagement, and the Stakeholder Engagement and Partnership Coordinator
National Youth Council
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.
The council is composed of young people who have experienced mental health concerns and includes two representatives from each of the ACCESS OM sites.
National Family and Carers Council
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.
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
The RCT Steering Committee focuses on how the cluster randomized trial is conducted.
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
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.
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 and Carers Council.