New kid on the block
CIHI’s latest implementation of an interRAI assessment tool is focused on child and youth mental health. interRAI is an international collaborative of researchers who develop assessment instruments to support evidence-based clinical decision-making. We are collaborating with the Ontario Ministry of Children and Youth Services to implement this interRAI instrument in order to gather data to support clinical practices and research. To date, about 50 agencies across Ontario are testing the instrument, and that number is expected to rise. Clinicians will benefit from an in-depth look at the health concerns and conditions that children with mental health challenges and their families are facing, including support for care planning. The ministry will also benefit from a high-level view into how agencies are coping and where needs are greatest.