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In the Ontario child and youth mental health sector, there are no consistent strategies, frameworks or guidelines for organizational practices to improve racial equity for clients, family members and staff. The authors of the commentary profiled highlight five organizational practice domains that support the provision of equitable services, including: (1) organizational leadership and commitment, (2) inter-organizational and multi-sectoral partnerships, (3) workforce diversity and development, (4) client and community needs and engagement, and (5) continuous improvement.

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EENet's Research Viewpoint series provides opinions from experts in the field of mental health and addictions and are based on commentary or editorials published in peer-reviewed journals.

This Research Viewpoint is based on the commentary “Moving Towards Racial Equity in the Child and Youth Mental Health Sector in Ontario, Canada” published in Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research in 2021.


Points de vue sur la recherche : Cinq domaines de pratiques organisationnelles à l’appui de l’équité raciale

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En Ontario, on observe un manque flagrant de stratégies, de lignes directrices ou de cadres cohérents concernant des pratiques organisationnelles visant à faire progresser l’équité raciale au profit des clients, des membres de leur famille et du personnel. Les auteures du commentaire mettent en lumière cinq domaines de pratiques organisationnelles favorisant la prestation de services équitables, soit les suivants : Leadership et engagement organisationnels, Partenariats interorganisationnels et multisectoriels, Diversité et perfectionnement de l’effectif, Besoins et mobilisation des clients et de la collectivité et Amélioration continue.

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Fondés sur des commentaires ou des éditoriaux publiés dans des revues à comité de lecture, les Points de vue sur la recherche présentent des opinions d’experts dans le domaine de la santé mentale et des dépendances.

Le présent numéro de la série Points de vue sur la recherche se fonde sur le commentaire intitulé « Moving Towards Racial Equity in the Child et Youth Mental Health Sector in Ontario, Canada » publié en 2021 dans Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research.

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The authors of this commentary have also noted the Ontario Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health's (the Centre) other work related to racial equity, diversity and inclusion in the child and youth mental health sector. The Centre published a literature review, "Advancing racial equity together", that identifies promising organizational efforts (e.g. leadership, workforce recruitment and training, youth and family engagement, etc.) to advance racial equity in the academic and grey literature. This literature review helped inform a study we are conducting in partnership with Children's Mental Health Ontario (CMHO) that examines:  1) what efforts and activities child and youth mental health agencies are currently engaging in to advance racial equity; 2) identify what initiatives show promise; and 3) identify supports that the Centre and CMHO can address. The Centre will be releasing a report with these results at the end of 2021. Stay tuned!

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