We are pleased to announce the launch of the Pathways to Care Project. This four-year project aims to improve access, and remove barriers to, mental health and addiction services for Black children, youth and their families in Ontario.
Funded through a $1 million grant provided by the Youth Opportunities Fund administered by the Ontario Trillium Foundation, the project is a four-year strategic collaboration led by the Black Health Alliance, in partnership with TAIBU Community Health Centre, the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), East Metro Youth Services, and Wellesley Institute. Additional partners from Greater Toronto & Hamilton Area, Ottawa, London, and Windsor are being brought on over the next 12 months.
Through engagement with Black children, youth and their families, mental health and addictions service providers, and the Government of Ontario, the project will:
- Conduct community based research across six Ontario cities to better understand the needs, challenges, and opportunities for change
- Develop a comprehensive strategy to inform the sectors improvement
- Define and improve the pathways to care for Black children and youth who need mental health and addiction services
- Develop resource tools and capacity building supports to increase the capacity of agencies to deliver culturally safe and responsive mental health and addiction services.
We are grateful for the support of the Ontario Trillium Foundation and the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services which has enabled us to lead this important systems-change work. Stay tuned for updates in the upcoming weeks.