How does extra funding affect service match and access to care?
Quality mental health care depends on matching the level of care provided to clients’ psychosocial needs. Previous studies have shown that fewer than half of people with mental disorders will seek treatment, leading to high levels of unmet need. In addition, of those who seek services, many will receive a level of care that is less than what is required.
Recently, researchers looked at service access and match in Southeastern Ontario following the new investments from Ontario’s Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, to determine if there had been improvements. Their findings suggest that a more targeted and systematic approach to care planning is required to shift system-wide resources to client groups who have the greatest need.
EENet has developed a Research Snapshot of the article, “Funding Growth and Service Match: Doing More of the Same, or Doing Things Better?” by Heather Stuart, Terry Krupa, and Michelle Koller. It was originally published in the Canadian Journal of Community Mental Health, vol. 29, no. 5 (2010): 97-109. Research Snapshots are brief, clear language summaries of research articles, presented in a user-friendly format.
Keywords: Funding growth, Service match, Access to care, Level of care