This project provided mental health services to aggressive school-aged children by moving those services from institutions to schools, homes, and the community. In doing so, it hoped to integrate services and reach children who are traditionally overlooked. The study involved 13 children from “multi-problem” families; the majority were of First Nations ancestry, male, and living in single-parent families or extended families. Most lived in lower-income households, all exhibited aggressive or defiant behaviour, and many were felt to be at risk for criminal conduct. Mental health professionals and social workers involved teachers, school administrators, and families, and services were provided after-hours and in a variety of non-conventional settings. A qualitative review of the data concluded that 10 of the 13 children experienced a positive change in their behaviour, but these results could not be confirmed in a quantitative review.
This project was supported by the Health Transition Fund, which was created in 1997 to provide support for evidence-based decision-making in health care reform by supporting pilot and evaluation projects which test innovative approaches to health care delivery. The views expressed herein do no necessarily represent the official policy of federal, provincial, or territorial governments.