Saskatchewan drug treatment funding program

Province

Saskatchewan

Description and objectives

The primary objectives of the project will be to address a series of needs and gaps in Saskatchewan’s addictions treatment system, including:

  • Creation of a Health Region-based Implementation Team to increase capacity to consult with regional leaders, to advise on implementation strategies and to effectively introduce, implement and maintain evidence-based practices in the Health Regions.
  • Promoting and delivering Addiction and Mental Health 101 courses within the health sector and with other human service ministries and agencies.
  • Increase the primary healthcare systems capacity to respond to the substance abuse and mental health issues for patients presenting in primary healthcare settings and to improve linkages between primary healthcare providers and addictions and mental health clinicians for shared clients.
  • Increase addictions services capacity to respond to anxiety and depression issues for patients presenting in primary healthcare settings and to improve linkages between addictions and mental health for concurrent disorder clients.

Target population

  • The project’s primary reach will affect sustained evidence-based practice changes by alcohol and drug and mental health practitioners providing direct care, including counsellors, clinical supervisors, Health Region-based program managers and program developers in collaboration with the provincial mental health and alcohol and drug services networks.
  • The integration of addictions and mental health into primary care will require ongoing engagement with primary health physicians, nurse practitioners and other primary health staff, as well as addictions and mental health staff who will be linked to the primary healthcare team along the service continuum.
  • Similarly, the development of sustainable inter-sectoral approaches to shared addictions and concurrent disorder clients will require engagement of other human service sectors (corrections, social services, education).

Outcomes

  • Enhanced collaboration and knowledge exchange amongst stakeholders and increased availability, access and understanding of evidence-informed practice information.
  • A strengthened knowledge exchange and implementation infrastructure, including mechanisms to support the uptake of evidence-based practice and increase stakeholder engagement and commitment.
  • Increased capability to address the needs of clients, to more effectively coordinate care by referring clients to care pathways that match their levels of acuity, chronicity and complexity.
  • Increased understanding of the evidence-informed practice as it relates to specific program areas and populations and increased ability to identify and close the gaps between existing service approaches and evidence-informed practices.

This project is made possible through a financial contribution from Health Canada. The views expressed do not necessarily represent the views of Health Canada. © 2015 EENet.

Project Contact: 

Project leads

Kathy Willerth, Director, Mental Health and Addictions, Community Care Branch, Ministry of Health, Government of Saskatchewan
John McCallum, Consultant, Drug Treatment Funding Program, Community Care Branch, Ministry of Health, Government of Saskatchewan
Dave Hedlund, Drug Treatment Funding Program, Community Care Branch, Ministry of Health, Government of Saskatchewan

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