Schizophrenia is associated with premature mortality and a high disease burden. Even though well-established evidence exists to guide the care of adults with schizophrenia, gaps in support for these individuals continue, and the services that are available in different communities vary widely. According to national data, in 2016-17 one out of every 100 Canadians was living with schizophrenia.
The Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) and Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences (Ontario Shores) are inviting healthcare organizations to submit expressions of interest to join a national demonstration project that will improve care and treatment for people in Canada living with schizophrenia.
The MHCC and Ontario Shores are collaborating to expand the implementation of Health Quality Ontario’s Schizophrenia Quality Standards (the Standards) to sites across Canada. The two Standards, which are informed by best practices, the best available current evidence, and guidance from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), are actionable and measurable. They include a series of 11 statements on the care of adults with schizophrenia in hospital and 15 statements on the care of adults with schizophrenia in the community.
We are seeking four sites to implement the Standards. Participating sites can either implement both Standards or focus on the Standard with the greatest impact on their organization. The MHCC and Ontario Shores will provide tools, education, training, and change management support to enable sites to implement the Standards. Each site will benefit from a customized approach based on its specific organizational and regional needs.
The timeline of the project is 18 months and is set to conclude in March 2025.
The submission deadline is July 28, 2023.
To learn more about the opportunity, download the Expression of Interest.
For more information please contact:
Manager, Medical Affairs
Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences
Senior Program Manager, Access to Quality Mental Health Services
The Mental Health Commission of Canada