The value of the IPC process

  • Targeting and prioritizing children and youth who are at high risk of serious harm to self (or others), at risk of loss of life, or at risk of significant consequences if no changes occur
  • Providing a prescriptive and clear mechanism to enable cross-sector collaboration (e.g. mental health, youth addictions, education, youth justice, child welfare, hospital) and creating linkages between service sectors that historically did not exist
  • Developing and strengthening relationships between non-Aboriginal and Aboriginal and between bilingual and Francophone service providers by respecting and acknowledging the importance of Aboriginal and Francophone cultural values, language, practices, and community
  • Designating an IPC process Lead who is the central point of contact for the IPC process for the child/youth, their family and other partnering service providers. The IPC process Lead is responsible for facilitating the work and fostering communication between members of the Integrated Care team
  • Providing an excellent opportunity to customize and individualize the integrated plan of care that is developed in partnership with the child/youth and family members
  • Ensuring that the integrated plan of care developed coordinates and clarifies roles, responsibilities and expectations amongst cross-sectoral service providers, family members and children/youth and ensures a common language
  • Providing Ottawa service providers with recommendations and suggestions from Ottawa’s Coordinated Access Mental Health Committee to meet the identified needs of children/youth
  • Providing an opportunity for expanding knowledge regarding services available in Ottawa for children and youth with complex needs.