Recognizing the potential for publicly-funded home care to have a key role in meeting the needs of people with a serious mental illness, the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) undertook a study to explore issues related to home care for adults with serious mental illness and to make recommendations for practice and policy.
There were several objectives of the study:
- to identify home care needs of adults with serious mental illness;
- to evaluate existing home care services for adults with serious mental illness across Canada in regard to their accessibility, appropriateness and effectiveness;
- to pilot and evaluate model programs in three national sites by forming working partnerships;
- to produce a report based on the evaluation and model programs which identifies critical issues, best practices, barriers and gaps in existing home care services for people with mental illness, and offer recommendations for action.
The study did not include an analysis of whether the mental health system or the home care system should be responsible for home care for people with serious mental illness. It was an analysis of the publicly funded home care system. As such our findings are about what the publicly funded home care system is doing vis à vis this population, and our recommendations are about how the publicly funded home care system can better meet their needs.