Making a Difference In Children’s Mental Health

Craigwood backs our goal of achieving positive change by measuring and tracking actual results

Craigwood’s services and operational standards are all focused on making a measurable, positive difference in the lives of the youth and families we serve.We continuously review and update our services to keep pace with best practices in our field, and we follow up with clinically recognized tools for measuring actual outcomes during and after treatment services.

We take pride in the strong record we have achieved for success and leadership in our field of care. For more information, please see the Craigwood Quality, Performance and Outcomes Measurement Report.

Craigwood Foundations Model:

Our understanding of the forces that help to promote healthy and positive development

1) The Process of Positive Change (how people experience and go about making positive change)

2) Therapeutic Alliance (quality of the connections with staff in the view of the youth and family)

3) Youth and Family Engagement (degree to which youth and families experience genuine involvement)

4) Uniqueness of Every Youth and Family (supports and approaches reflect individual needs of each youth and family)

5) Measurement of Treatment Activity (what we do makes a difference)

Measurable outcomes

Craigwood’s treatment programs use a variety of assessment and evaluation methods and tools to support clinical decision making and outcome measurement.  In our counselling and intensive services we use tools created by interRAI.

At Craigwood, use of the interRAI suite of tools is geared to the best fit with the youth’s need and service being sought.

Craigwood is an active contributor to the South West interRAI Steering Committee, has participated in the research evaluating the use of interRAI is secure youth justice facilities.

interRAI in clinical practice

In most services, Craigwood’s intake process will use the ChYMH Screener+ tool.  This tool supports decision-making related using a streamlined assessment for triaging, safety planning, placement, and service utilization.

In our Intensive service stream we use the Child and Youth Mental Health (ChYMH) tool.  This tool assesses psychiatric, social, environmental, medical issues for children and youth receiving community-based or out-of-home services.  It provides scaled information on strengths and needs and identifies evidence informed treatment guidelines called Collaborative Action Plans (CAPs).

In our longer term services, Monitoring reports may be used related to specific areas of goal focus.  At the end of service another assessment is completed to identify progress and recommend any further work that may be helpful.