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Best Practices in Mental Health and Substance Use

The growing body of knowledge about services and strategies which have been evaluated and accepted as being effective can be collectively referred to as "best practices."

British Columbia's Mental Health and Substance Use Reform initiative provides the vision for a comprehensive, evidence-based continuum of mental health and addictions services in the province. As part of this reform, the Ministry of Health formed best practices working groups which produced the following seven reports in February 2002:

Crisis Response/Emergency Services (PDF 4.4M)
Punjabi (PDF 1.0M)
Consumer Involvement and Initiatives (PDF 1.7M)
Chinese (PDF 484K)
Punjabi (PDF 201K)
Housing (PDF 4.0M)
Punjabi (PDF 1.3M)
Inpatient/Outpatient Services (PDF 2.6M)
Chinese (PDF 449K)
Punjabi (PDF 267K)
Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Recovery (PDF 2.5M)
Chinese (PDF 3.2M)
Punjabi (PDF 786K)
Family Support and Involvement (PDF 1.4M)
Chinese (PDF 413K)
Punjabi (PDF 180K)
Assertive Community Treatment (PDF 1.4M)
Chinese (PDF 356K)
Punjabi (PDF 170K)

Other Resources

Best Practices in Mental Health Reform (1997)
Situational Analysis
Discussion Paper

This project was conducted by the Health Services Research Unit, Clarke Institute of Psychiatry for the Federal/Provincial/Territorial Advisory Network on Mental Health and Health Canada. The project identified best practices in mental health reform and strategies for their implementation, focusing on those with serious mental illness.

Concurrent Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders (2002)

Concurrent disorders refer to a combination of mental health issues and problematic substance use. They include a wide array of mental health and addiction problems that vary in symptoms, cause and impact on people’s lives.

Early Intervention, Outreach and Community Linkages for Women with Substance Use Problems (2006)

Clinicians and researchers acknowledge the importance of sensitivity to gender differences and needs when developing and delivering substance use treatment services.

Methadone Maintenance Treatment (2002)

This document is part of an ongoing effort supported by Canada's Drug Strategy to increase access to effective methadone maintenance treatment programs.

Preventing Substance Use Problems Among Young People (2002)

Provides direction on effective programming for a broad range of prevention activities and should be of interest to educators, community developers, health promoters, law enforcement officers and public health nurses.

Treatment and Rehabilitation for Seniors with Substance Use Problems (2002)

Includes issues related to the accessibility and provision of services.