Supporting treatment services for at-risk youth in Cape Breton (Nova Scotia)

Project description/objectives

In 2010, the Health Promotion and Prevention Department with Mental Health and Addiction Services, Cape Breton District Health Authority (CBDHA), received funding through Health Canada’s Drug Treatment Funding Program (DTFP) for a pilot project to address gaps in existing services for at-risk youth, parents, and service providers.

The pilot project, known as “CaperBase Outreach Services,” had two main components. The first consisted of capacity enhancement activities that were designed to enhance the ability of service providers in communities to identify, refer, and support youth at- risk of substance use and/ or mental health problems. The second component included service enhancement activities that provided a range of evidence-based screening, outreach, and early/ brief interventions for youth at-risk and their parents.

With the creation of the CaperBase team, along with the utilization of Health Canada’s Best Practice documents as a guide, services for youth were designed, delivered, and evaluated within the four best practice domains of screening, early intervention, community linkages, and outreach.

The CaperBase Outreach Team has made considerable progress towards the intended outcomes of the project. This is supported by service utilization statistics as well as positive feedback from communities, partners, teens, and parents. The Caperbase Outreach Team’s energy, commitment and leadership has truly had a positive impact on the lives of many young people living in Cape Breton. Caperbase also became involved in a national project under Health Canada’s DTFP that was led by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH). CBDHA was selected as one of the ten communities across Canada to participate in the project and Mental Health and Addiction Services, CBDHA managed the project locally.

CaperBase is continuing its work with support from the Nova Scotia Department of Health and Wellness and the Cape Breton District Health Authority.

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Project leads

Sam Hodder, Manager, Health Prevention & Education, Mental Health and Addiction Services, Cape Breton District Health Authority
Janet Bickerton, Project Lead, Health Promotion and Prevention, Mental Health and Addiction Services, Cape Breton District Health Authority

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