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Section 5: Final Thoughts

How to implement Stepped Care while leveraging partnerships and sharing resources with other institutions


Implementation of a Stepped Care Model can be difficult. Keys to successful implementation include support through endorsement by senior administrators, including risk managers, as well as investment in technology, professional development and change management aimed at achieving efficiencies while improving overall care.


Instead of creating everything from scratch, it is good practice to invest more time in leveraging the capacities that already exist. Partnership building is especially important for community care and crisis management. When you engage in conversation with potential partners, start by asking them how they would like to play a role.

A good place to start would be to contact your local Canadian Mental Health Association branch to see what programs they already offer. Additionally, get in touch with other on-campus services, such as campus safety and security, and off-campus organizations such as community-based agencies, hospitals, local police and other specialized mental health services. Please refer to our Campus- Community Connection toolkit to help you through the creation of campus-community partnerships and circles of care.

Share and Exchange with Other Stepped Care Campuses

A community of practice (CoP) led by Dr. Peter Cornish includes campuses across North America. This is a place to share resources, develop innovative practices and provide staff training both on site and online via web conferencing and webinars. Since May 2015, this CoP has delivered on close to 30 requests for Stepped Care presentations and training across North America. The CoP is expected to grow and always welcomes the participation of additional colleges and universities.

Additional Resources

Stepped Care 2.0 by Dr. Peter Cornish

Peter Cornish keynote address – CICMH 2017 conference

Stepped Care in Ontario panel – CICMH 2018 conference

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