In 2017, the Government of Canada committed $11 billion over 10 years to improve access to mental health and addictions services, and to home and community care. To monitor progress in these areas, Canada’s health ministers, informed by sector stakeholders, measurement experts and the public, endorsed 12 indicators to be developed and monitored by CIHI. On May 30, we released results from the first 3 indicators:
- Hospital Stays for Harm Caused by Substance Use
- Frequent Emergency Room Visits for Help With Mental Health and/or Addictions
- Hospital Stay Extended Until Home Care Services or Supports Ready
We will continue to work closely with stakeholders across Canada to release the results of 3 new indicators each year over the next 3 years. At the same time, we will update results for the previously released indicators.
“The development of these new indicators has been a major collaborative effort between the ministries, system experts, CIHI and people with lived experiences. While it will take time for improvement efforts to be reflected in the indicators, health system decision-makers now have more tools to start discussions about how to target services and measure improvements, as well as to make better evidence-based decisions about how to deliver care to Canadians. CIHI is proud to be part of this effort to increase our knowledge of the mental health and addictions and home care sectors, which are very important services for all of us.” — David O’Toole, President and CEO, Canadian Institute for Health Information
To learn more about the indicators, see our related page about Shared Health Priorities and our latest report, Common Challenges, Shared Priorities: Measuring Access to Home and Community Care and to Mental Health and Addictions Services in Canada, May 2019 (PDF).