When I reflect on Capitalize for Kids’ work in 2017 and the work we’ve undertaken in 2018, there’s one word that perfectly summarizes how I feel – inspired. I feel inspired by the commitment from our staff and network of partners to improve outcomes for kids’ mental health care in Canada. I feel inspired by the remarkable talent and intense dedication of our beneficiaries to increase access to mental health services, despite their razor thin budgets. Above all, I feel inspired by the opportunity we all have to create positive change in mental health across Canada.
At Capitalize for Kids, we envision a future where Canada has the most kids’ efficient mental health service providers in the world. Not only do we want to make this happen, we have to. We need to bring together the best expertise, funding and amazing mental health services to do things that have never been done. We will seek out inspiration for these outcomes wherever it can be found.
Quite simply, if we all don’t work collaboratively to build the capacity of service providers, there’s no way to meet the growing demand by kids for mental health services.
Over the past year, we have worked with service providers to help them become more efficient, more effective and more agile in supporting kids. We are reducing patient no-shows and last minute cancellations, implementing rigorous project management practices, finding new ways for clinicians to save time on administrative work and much more.
As you can see in the updates below, we’re not just saying this is what we need to do. With the strong support of our partners, we’re rolling up our sleeves and making it happen.
This is only the start. I can’t wait to share more outcomes with you throughout 2018!
Director of Consulting, Capitalize for Kids
Director of Consulting, Capitalize for Kids
We are working with George Hull to implement an appointment reminder and confirmation solution, and reduce the total time clinicians spend on writing reports.
We are analyzing the results from a 6-week pilot of the appointment reminder technology and preparing for a full organizational implementation.
We have concluded an analysis to measure the size of the opportunity and are in the process of designing solutions to expedite report writing.
Reduction in no-shows and last minute cancellations.
In health care value created by the end of 2020.
Return on our investment.
We are supporting and guiding Kids Help Phone to launch a Project Management Office and operationalize their strategic priorities. These are the first steps to improving their existing services and designing new ones that will engage kids using the latest technology.
We are currently in the process of launching a pilot of the Project Management Office with 2-3 initiatives. This will test their project management process and allows us to refine it before a full implementation across the organization.
Increase in the number of young people that Kids Help Phone is enabled to support across all channels.
We are increasing provincial capacity for mental health and addictions care in Nova Scotia by establishing networks of care between rural mental health services and clinicians at the IWK Health Centre in Halifax.
We are currently designing a pilot that will enable mental health clinicians and community partners across Nova Scotia to connect with IWK clinicians with the goal of increased capacity in caring for complex cases.
This will lead to a more coordinated network of care and improved access to evidence-based treatment across Nova Scotia.
Increase the number of patients supported by rural community services.
Reduce the total cost to government to provide mental health treatment.
“Capitalize for Kids has changed the way we think about building capacity. Their work has energized our staff and Board to think differently about how we meet the growing needs of our community.”
Executive Director at The George Hull Centre
We are helping this community service provider implement a digital HR system to streamline all HR and finance operations.
We have developed a high-level project scope and approach. We are currently bringing on a pro-bono partner to kick off strategy development.
Reduction in time spent on HR and finance administration by HR and payroll manager.
Reduction in time spent on HR and finance administration by program staff.
Increase in the number of kids receiving care from freed up staff time.
We are helping Kids Brain Health Network translate research into practice. Our first project involves scaling a new evidence-based parent mediated intervention for toddlers with suspected or diagnosed autism.
Having completed our diligence on the chosen intervention, we are exploring various methods for scaling, and identifying partners that should be brought into the project.
Increased number of toddlers receiving care for autism.
Reduced lifetime costs of impairment associated with autism.
Improved outcomes for kids living with autism.
Thanks to our consulting partners who provide their services at no costs to support these projects.