The three day Canadian Consensus Development Conference on Improving Mental Health Transitions, will be held in Edmonton, Alberta, from November 4 to 6, 2014. The Consensus Development Conference model is an exciting format, geared to creating maximum impact on real-world clinical policy and practice. The conference will be of interest to anyone with an interest in severe and persistent mental illness (SPMI), including social workers, nurses, clinicians, policy-makers, managers, researchers, and students.
DAY 1 – Tuesday, November 4, 2014
An Overview – Mental Health Transitions
Question 1: What is severe and persistent mental illness (SPMI) and it’s social and economic consequences?
- What is the magnitude of the problem?
- Living with SPMI; a personal perspective.
- Social impacts of SPMI on individuals and families
- What are the connections between mental illness and homelessness?
- Implications of mental illness for corrections
Question 2: What is the effectiveness of current interventions to improve mental health transitions?
- Outcomes of long term medications.
- How effective are psychosocial interventions?
- How effective are psychological therapies?
- The role of Assertive Community Treatment.
- Evaluating the usefulness of crisis teams.
Question 3: What is the evidence for the role of other support systems, including primary care in effective interventions?
- What are the alternatives to hospital care for people with SPMI?
- Integrating Crisis and ACT teams.
- How can family physicians best support people with SPMI in the community?
- How have Mental Health Courts, Diversion Programs, and alternative sentencing been able to assist people with SPMI?
- What role do non-government organisations play in effective support systems?
DAY 2 – Wednesday, November 5, 2014
Question 4: What are the effective systems for supporting people with SPMI?
- Long-term mental health care: for whom, how and where?
- What is the role of Federal Government in planning mental health strategies?
- How important is continuity of care and integration in the provision of effective support?
- What are the effects of supported employment strategies for people with SPMI?
Question 5: What information tools are required for high quality system management?
- Basic support decision tools for mental health system improvement
- The use of information systems for improving quality of care in severe mental illness.
- What are the most effective forms of knowledge transfer to improve quality of care?
- Financial incentives – the role of provider payment mechanisms in relation to the quality of mental health care.
- A road map for mental health research.
Question 6: What further research is needed?
- Panel Discussion – What are the priorities for research and spending in this field?
DAY 3 – Thursday, November 6, 2014
Reading of the Consensus Statement