Two members of the Central Interior Rural Division are actively involved in the newly formed (2014) Child and Youth Mental Health and Substance Use Collaborative, a large-scale initiative in the Interior Heath region. It brings together more than 150 professionals – including family doctors, psychiatrists, pediatricians, mental health counselors, social workers, school counselors, First Nations groups, health leaders, and representatives from three provincial ministries – to work together with families to improve services for children and youth with mental health and substance use issues.
Its aim is to foster collaboration and multidisciplinary innovation to increase the number of children, youth, and their families receiving timely access to integrated mental health services and supports. The Collaborative is also addressing issues of privacy versus the need for effective information sharing across services, such as from school counselor to MCFD counselor, family doctor to school counselor, and acute care hospital to community agencies. The aim is to improve appropriate and confidential information flow to enable better coordination of services.
Division members Dr Glenn Fedor and Dr Jeff Peimer are lead members of the multidisciplinary Collaborative Action Team in the Cariboo – one of eight Action Teams in the province.
There's plenty planned for this year including:
- A session for ER physicians and staff on " ER Algorithm, Guidelines and Tools". Cariboo Memorial Hospital will be the first hospital to roll out these guidelines.
- Dr. Matthew Burkey, Child and Adult Psychiatrist is now in the community and actively working and is also part of the Cariboo Action Team.
- Gabor Mate will be presenting in the Cariboo - Stay tuned for details!
- We will be working with The Boys and Girls Club to host the Community Resource Fair at the local high school again during Mental Health Week.