Campus Mental Health Partnerships: Extending the Circle of Care – MHIF (Round 2)
Extending the Circle of Care: A case management approach to postsecondary student mental health was a Mental Health Innovation project funded by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities. The purpose of the project was to design, develop, implement and evaluate a holistic, multi-perspective, case management approach for students with complex mental health issues. Georgian and Centennial Colleges along with principal investigator, Peter Dietsche set out to accomplish this objective by implementing a unique case management model on each campus and working collaboratively with both internal and external stakeholders to create partnerships to better coordinate the response to students’ complex mental health needs.
- A case management approach implemented at both colleges based on equity, diversity and recovery principles.
- Increased collaboration with internal and external partners.
- A case management toolkit, including models and frameworks; intake, assessment, and triage forms and processes; referral criteria, role definition and descriptions, which is hosted on the Centre for Innovation in Campus Mental Health’s website.
- Staff training based on a professional development framework and needs assessment survey.
- Identifying and Responding to Students in Distress resources, protocols and complementary training.
- Knowledge exchange opportunities through the Centre for Innovation in Campus Mental Health.
- The final report and the appended impact assessment report provide a summary of the activities and findings from the project. The final report makes recommendations in five key areas for colleges and universities considering the implementation of case management.