This month, two Stepped Care 2.0 documents were released:
- A post-secondary implementation toolkit was published in both French and English by the Centre for Innovation in Campus Mental Health. This document describes Stepped Care 2.0 and provides guidelines for implementation. It includes excerpts from our article published in the APA journal, Psychological Services: Cornish, P. A., Berry, G., Benton, S., Barros Gomes, P., Johnson, D., Ginsburg, R., Whelan, E., Fawcett, E., & Romano, V. (2017). Meeting the needs of today’s college student: “Reinventing services through stepped care 2.0. Psychological Services, 14 (4), 428-442.”
- Our Newfoundland and Labrador Stepped Care 2.0© E-Mental Health Demonstration Project Final Report was released by the Mental Health Commission of Canada. The report details the outcomes of an 18-month project, which provided people across the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador with rapid, flexible, same-day care, in combination with e-mental health apps, online self-help services and behavioural prescriptions. This project was a contributing factor in the reduction of wait times in mental health and addiction counselling services in the province by 68 per cent. Sixty-seven per cent of the e-mental health tools were given a rating of “good” or “excellent” by clients, while providers reported a significantly increased comfort level with incorporating these technologies into their conventional practice. The lessons learned from the report include the need for improved technology infrastructure, messaging to stakeholders about the expanded care options, and careful attention to implementation science. The report is being shared with provincial and national decision makers, as well as with mental health leaders visiting St. John’s this month for a satellite meeting of the International Initiative for Mental Health Leadership. By showcasing a home-grown success story to a global audience, the MHCC, the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, and Memorial University have supplied a road map for improved access to mental health care and addiction services in other provinces and territories, and around the world.