In 2010, the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador announced the creation of two residential treatment centres: one for youth with complex mental health needs and one for youth with addictions. At present, youth with complex mental health needs or addictions are sent out of province for residential treatment or they are provided with alternative health service plans such as Independent Living Arrangements (ILA). The new residential treatment centres therefore provide youth with treatment options that were previously unavailable in this province.
Decision makers in the Department of Health and Community Services, Labrador -Grenfell Health, and Eastern Health worked with Team Leader Dr. John S. Lyons (Endowed Chair, Child and Youth Mental Health Research, University of Ottawa/Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario) and the Contextualized Health Research Synthesis Program (CHRSP) to identify and evaluate the best available evidence addressing residential treatment health services for youth with complex mental health needs and/or addictions. The research evidence was analysed in the context of the capacities and characteristics of the province.
The Project Team thanks Dr. Stanley Kutcher (Sun Life Financial Chair in Adolescent Mental Health at Dalhousie University and the IWK Medical Centre, Halifax, NS) for his leadership in this project up to June, 2009.