Outcomes of a complex collaboration

Outcomes are highlighted in the diagram below. In a public sector context, each party in a collaboration must attain value. The actions of a Regional Hub are aimed at achieving outcomes (both short and long term) in multiple domains:

  • to individual students, groups of students and student bodies
  • to communities and society
  • to post-secondary institutions, to agencies, to providers (professionals and staff)
  • to funders, policy makers

Within these domains, expected outcomes of the Regional Hubs can be gleaned from different policy documents in the chain leading to their establishment, illustrated by underlining outcome-type language from the various policy documents. The provincial post-secondary mental health strategy established Regional Post-secondary Mental Health Coordinating Committees (Regional Hubs) to:

  1. facilitate access to publicly funded, community based clinical (diagnostic, treatment) services to ensure students have ready information that is appropriate to their needs and appropriate access to a health service provider, whether on campus or in the community.
  2. undertake collaborative approaches to campus-based mental health promotion and prevention, including screening, assessment and early intervention mental health services at a local/regional level. This includes shared approaches to resourcing, common programming and initiatives, and partnerships among post-secondary institutions with community-based services (e.g., multi-cultural health brokers, sexual assault centres, etc., and K-12 school initiatives
  3. facilitate transitions of many different types, to create a seamless continuum of care. Transitions include those between community-based and campus-based services, from K-12 to post-secondary education settings, between the campus and the community during breaks in studies, from child services to adult services, as well as from clinical settings back to supportive community or post-secondary settings.

Additional expected outcomes are found in the Next Steps for the umbrella Alberta strategy, Valuing Mental Health, which identified four key areas of action and the expected outcomes of each:

  1. Act in partnership: create an integrated system for Improved coordination of services at multiple levels:

-between hospitals, treatment facilities, and the community;

-between government departments and service sectors (e.g., education, justice, and health);

-between professionals; and

-between areas of the province.

  1. Act on access: enhance the role of primary health care to strengthen primary health care’s role in addiction and mental health sector navigation, coordination, and continuity.
  2. Act early: focus on prevention and early intervention so fewer Albertans require addiction and mental health services and have access to more addiction and mental health supports at home and in their communities.
  3. Act on system enhancements, legislation and standards for better integration of governance, funding, and policy across services and sectors to support more seamless access to, and transition between services.

In its exploration of the current state of gaps and potential opportunities in the regional area of a Regional Hub, the Coordinating Committee will make some strategic choices about what to tackle first, and what degree of innovation they will embrace in selecting actions to move the yardsticks towards these various outcomes.