Review of Janeway mental health unit released

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Eastern Health has released its external review on the child/adolescent mental health unit at the Janeway Hospital.
The report identified a number of gaps and made several recommendations, including re-establishing J4D as a short-term, seven-bed mental health care unit, setting up a four to six bed longer-term care unit for adolescents (13-17 years), a residential unit for children (six to 12 years) with complex mental health needs, and a residential unit for substance-abusing adolescents.
In addition, it recommended a more collaborative model of care with more clearly defined and valued roles of staff involved.
Other key recommendations include the introduction of child youth workers to J4D's services, the establishment of a safety working group for the benefit of both patients and staff, the development of inpatient programming, and the enhancement of emergency and outpatient services.
The report also provided recommendations on how to strengthen this service's provincial mandate, such as increased use of telepsychiatry, and connecting better with mental health teams throughout the province.
The cost of implementing most of these recommendations is estimated to be over $2 million, Eastern Health said in a release.
This excludes costs of the two residential treatment centres which the province is already funding, and the cost of a recommended longer-term unit for adolescents which requires more analysis to determine costs.
Government has already approved $620,000 in funding for child psychiatry services that will go toward increasing staff and services recommended in this report.
"The provincial government's financial commitment to address these significant needs among our children and adolescents will enable us to proceed in a timely manner to improve both the quality and quantity of mental health services," Colleen Simms, Eastern Health's regional director of mental health and addictions said.
'"These recommendations, while far-reaching, provide us with the clear direction we were seeking from these experts in the field, and offer a valuable blueprint as we move forward. The challenges are significant, but working together as a team with the families who rely on us, I am confident we are up to the task."
The review of the seven-bed unit was launched in fall 2008 and was conducted by Dr. Margaret Steele, chairwoman of the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of Western Ontario, and Pamela Alambets, co-ordinator of the Inpatient and Eating Disorder Programs at the London Health Sciences Centre.

Organizations: Janeway Hospital, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, University of Western Ontario London Health Sciences Centre

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  • Agree with Recommendation
    July 02, 2010 - 13:26

    I have to agree with recommendations regarding the J4D unit at the Janeway. This will be a benefit to the kids and just as important, to the staff. The staff in that unit care about the kids. They have been forced to deal with situations that are beyond their control.

    With long term facailities for adolescents, the staff at J4D will be able to concentrate on the kids who do not need long term help. The upside of this will be numerous: 1) staff will feel that they are helping the youth instead of feeling helpless becuase they are concentrating on 1 suicidal youth and ignoring 4 or 5 more youth who need help. 2) Youth will get more hands on attention, which will help them.

    These recommendations need, not should be or maybe implemented. They NEED to be implemented. Our youth and more importantly, the great staff on this unit deserve it

  • Great
    July 02, 2010 - 13:14

    I have to agree with the previous post the staff at J4D are great and they must be embracing this report along with the families of the children in need of these services. As a parent of a child in need I just finished reading the report that is posted on Eastern Healths web site and am feeling very hopeful this will help my family.

  • Agree with Recommendation
    July 01, 2010 - 20:14

    I have to agree with recommendations regarding the J4D unit at the Janeway. This will be a benefit to the kids and just as important, to the staff. The staff in that unit care about the kids. They have been forced to deal with situations that are beyond their control.

    With long term facailities for adolescents, the staff at J4D will be able to concentrate on the kids who do not need long term help. The upside of this will be numerous: 1) staff will feel that they are helping the youth instead of feeling helpless becuase they are concentrating on 1 suicidal youth and ignoring 4 or 5 more youth who need help. 2) Youth will get more hands on attention, which will help them.

    These recommendations need, not should be or maybe implemented. They NEED to be implemented. Our youth and more importantly, the great staff on this unit deserve it

  • Great
    July 01, 2010 - 19:52

    I have to agree with the previous post the staff at J4D are great and they must be embracing this report along with the families of the children in need of these services. As a parent of a child in need I just finished reading the report that is posted on Eastern Healths web site and am feeling very hopeful this will help my family.