Helping Ontario's colleges and universities enhance capacity to support student mental health and well-being

Campus Initiative

Campus Mental Health Partnerships: Extending the Circle of Care – MHIF (Round 2)

Project Summary:

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.

Key Outcomes:

  • 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.

Reports and Resources:

Final Report

Impact assessment report (See: Appendix C)

Case Management Toolkit

Project Contact:

Michelle Delrish

Project Lead
Centennial College
416-289-5000 ext. 2359

Karyn Baker

Project Lead
Georgian College
705.728.1968, ext. 1351

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