This project looked at how to enhance and evaluate a school-based mental health program that identifies and diagnoses children with mental health problems. As well, the project investigated relationships between medical and school personnel and investigated the extent to which families were knowledgeable about their children’s mental health. The project’s ultimate goal was to reduce long-term social and health problems associated with the late identification of mental health problems. The study resulted in an earlier, more accurate, and more comprehensive diagnosis of children’s emotional, behavioural, and learning difficulties. It also was found that the fee-for-service funding structure actively discourages physicians from working in school-based settings.
The full report for this project is available on the Alberta Health and Wellness web site at http://www.health.gov.ab.ca/system/key/phc/projects/Calgary/COPE/description.htm
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.