McCain Centre projects must:
- Address a pressing mental health and/or substance use issue
affecting children, youth, and/or families;
- Engage youth, families and service providers in planning and
- Involve meaningful collaboration;
- Have a high likelihood of service or system impact;
- Include a robust knowledge translation plan; and
- Be innovative.
Current McCain Centre Projects:
Longitudinal Youth in Transition Study (LYiTS), funded by the Canadian
Institutes of Health Research
Through this research, the McCain Centre hopes to gain
a better understanding of how youth (age 16 to 18) with mental illness
transition out of child and adolescent health services and to
describe the effect transitioning has on their mental health, functioning and
health service use. We will articulate enablers and barriers to effective
transitions in care, inform service delivery models for this population, and
identify opportunities to improve current transition practices.
TARGet Kids! is a collaboration between CAMH, SickKids and
St. Michael’s Hospital and focuses on factors influencing healthy child
development, leveraging data gathered through the Ontario Family Health Study.
Six hundred children from birth to age five will be tracked to evaluate
progress in school readiness, mental health and cardio-metabolic risk.
Evaluating clinical practice guidelines for the treatment of
child and youth mental illness
Led by CAMH’s Dr. Brendan Andrade, This project is
completing a systematic review of clinical practice guidelines for the
assessment, prevention and treatment of children with disruptive behaviour
difficulties (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, oppositional defiant
disorder, conduct disorder and maladaptive aggression) and will identify the
best guidelines in this area. Findings from the systematic review will inform
clinicians and agencies of best practice approaches.
Wellness Quest is a youth-led research initiative to
understand and enhance youth needs for mental health-related knowledge in order
to facilitate help-seeking. Youth across Canada identified that youth-friendly
information developed by youth and for youth about services for mental health
and substance use concerns, as well as other aspects of health and well-being
was not sufficiently available. Accordingly, youth leads and the National Youth
Action Council developed an online resource to help youth develop their
knowledge and self-efficacy for seeking services appropriate for their needs.
Adult researchers provide research skills training and mentorship to support
project implementation and evaluation.
YouthCan IMPACT is a collaborative initiative of youth,
families, community agencies, primary care partners and hospitals in Toronto,
who work together to improve the youth mental health and addiction
system.Through community-based clinics, YouthCan IMPACT is
providing young people with the services they need right where they need
it – in the community.
Learn more at youthcanimpact.com.