____Posted Thursday June 15 2017 ____



Families Get Help Accessing Mental Health Support

$150,000 to expand mental health assessment software; InterRAI ChYMH especially helps families that access services from multiple agencies

The Royal Bank of Canada has provided $150,000 of funding that will help children and youth struggling with their mental health in Waterloo Region. The funds will be used to help organizations providing children’s mental health programs, to install software that will help staff accurately and consistently assess the needs of children and youth.

In 2016, Lutherwood worked with Carizon Family and Community Services to launch InterRAI ChYMH (International Resident Assessment Instrument - Child and Youth Mental Health) at their Front Door location in Kitchener. The information gathered also helps the agencies determine the most appropriate services for each client, guides treatment and helps the organizations assess and improve the quality of their services. With this grant, Lutherwood is now has resources to support two other local agencies that are adopting InterRAI ChYMH.

“RBC is helping us provide a better service to families,” said Dr. John Colangeli, CEO of Lutherwood. “For parents whose children need access to a variety of mental health programs and agencies, having InterRAI at each agency will eliminate the need for families to repeat their story when they first contact each agency. This saves them time, improves our service and helps us ensure we give children and youth the right support at the right time.”

“One in five Canadians will experience mental illness during their lifetime and many of these disorders begin in childhood or adolescence,” said Massimo Iacurti, Regional Vice President of Waterloo Kitchener Perth, RBC. “At RBC, we are proud to support Lutherwood in their efforts to provide services that assist children, youth and their families cope with mental health challenges.”

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