National Standards for Mental Health Services: Funding

CIHR-INMHA leads the development of research funding opportunities to inform the development of national mental health and/or substance use standards. All funding opportunities from this initiative aim to embed evidence into pan-Canadian policy and decision-making regarding standards.

Catalyst Grant: Towards Pan-Canadian Standards for Children and Youth Mental Health Services

The Canadian Institutes of Health Research is pleased to announce the launch of the Catalyst Grant: Towards Pan-Canadian Standards for Children and Youth Mental Health Services Funding Opportunity. This funding opportunity forms part of the National Standards for Mental Health Services Initiative, a Government of Canada priority outlined in Budget 2021, to support the development of pan-Canadian standards for mental health and substance use health services. This funding opportunity is led by CIHR’s Institute of Neurosciences, Mental Health and Addiction, in partnership with Health Canada.

Overview

The focus of the Catalyst Grant: Towards Pan-Canadian Standards for Children and Youth Mental Health Services is to support research to inform standards specific to mental health and/or substance use health services for children, youth, and young adults (ages 0 to 25), including the perinatal period. Children, youth, and young adults, and their caregivers/families, access mental health and/or substance use health services across various sectors in various settings, most commonly in primary care, schools, and community organizations. Unfortunately, many youths and families also access mental health services for the first time through other sectors, such as child welfare settings, juvenile justice or correctional settings, and emergency departments. Underserved youth, such as those who are Black or Indigenous, face disproportionate challenges to accessing mental health services and are more likely to access care through these other sectors. This funding opportunity supports needed research and knowledge mobilization on existing standards across various settings where children, youth, and/or young adults access services.

Objectives

The specific objectives of this funding opportunity are to:

  • Contribute to the evidence base on standards or guiding principles for mental health and/or substance use health services across diverse settings;
  • Enable a Learning Health Systems approach for the delivery of mental health and substance use health services for youth, where standards can be continuously measured and adapted to meet the needs of the populations served;
  • Mobilize evidence to inform policy and decision-making on the development of pan-Canadian standards in mental health and substance use health;
  • Facilitate effective and meaningful engagement of knowledge users in research related to standards to ensure the perspectives of children, youth, young adults, and their caregivers/families, among others, are considered in the development pan-Canadian standards.

Research Areas

This funding opportunity will support projects that focus on standards or guiding principles in mental health and/or substance use health services, including in virtual delivery of care, for children, youth, and young adults (ages 0 to 25; including the perinatal period), within or across any of the following settings. Research relevant to the workforce or providers who support children, youth, young adults, and/or their caregivers/families in these sectors is also applicable (e.g., standards relevant to training).

  • Community settings
  • Primary care settings
  • Education and school settings
  • Child welfare settings
  • Juvenile justice or correctional settings
  • Indigenous-led settings
  • Other specialized mental health and/or substance use settings

Available Funds

The total amount available for this funding opportunity is $4,400,000, enough to fund up to 22 one-year grants. The maximum amount per grant is up to $200,000 for one year.

Important Dates

Registration Deadline: 1 September 2022
Application Deadline: 22 September 2022
Notice of Decision: 28 February 2023
Funding Start Date: 1 March 2023

For more details on this funding opportunity, please visit ResearchNet.

Future funding opportunities for this Initiative will be published on ResearchNet. For any inquiries related to this Initiative, please contact the CIHR Contact Centre at support-soutien@cihr-irsc.gc.ca.

Catalyst Grant: Quadruple Aim and Equity - National Mental Health Service Standards

In September 2021, CIHR-INMHA launched a funding pool as part of the Catalyst Grant: Quadruple Aim and Equity funding opportunity led by the Institute of Health Services and Policy Research. Through the first funding opportunity as part of this initiative, CIHR provided an investment of $600k to fund 6 one-year research projects to synthesize evidence, compare and evaluate existing standards regarding virtual delivery of mental health and/or substance use services in various contexts.

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Directed Grant: National Standards for Integrated Youth Services

This funding opportunity represents the preliminary phase of the Integrated Youth Services Network of Networks Initiative (IYS-Net). It supports research that will generate evidence and knowledge to inform the development of pan-Canadian standards for mental health and substance use services in IYS.

This work will facilitate and promote:

  • standards or best practices aligned within and across IYS networks
  • effective and meaningful youth engagement in research
  • knowledge mobilization and evidence uptake into policy and decision-making about standards development
  • collaborative work with existing and emerging IYS networks in provinces, territories, and indigenous communities
  • capacity to conduct implementation research and develop best practices or standards

By focusing on research to develop pan-Canadian standards, IYS-Net will establish itself as a learning health system network and produce real-time evidence to inform policy and integrate research evidence into health decisions across Canada.

For more details on this funding opportunity, please visit ResearchNet.

Upcoming funding opportunities will be posted on ResearchNet in the coming months. For any inquiries related to this Initiative, please contact the CIHR Contact Centre at support-soutien@cihr-irsc.gc.ca.

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