Trauma-informed substance use screening and assessment tools for First Nations and Inuit peoples

Background

Ontario has received renewed funding from Health Canada’s Drug Treatment Funding Program (DTFP). This DTFP funded project focuses on the development of traumainformed
substance use screening and assessment tools generated from the experience and expertise that exists in Ontario’s First Nations and Inuit communities.
The development, piloting, and evaluation of the tools will be directly guided and informed by First Nations and Inuit service providers.
These tools will enable service providers to screen and assess the impact of historical and intergenerational trauma specific to First Nations and Inuit peoples as well as the impact
this has on current substance use. 

Description

In partnership with First Nations and Inuit service providers, this project is developing new substance use screening and assessment tools generated from the experience and expertise that exists in Ontario’s First Nations and Inuit treatment systems.

These tools will enable service providers to screen and assess clients for the impact of traumatic history and its influence on current substance use. This project involves direct guidance, involvement, influence, and participation from First Nations and Inuit trauma and substance use treatment experts.

Project objectives

  • Develop a new tool that is culturally-appropriate and relevant for use in the First Nations and Inuit service systems in Ontario.
  • Engage First Nations and Inuit experts through active and ongoing participation in the development, testing, and evaluation of this new tool.
  • Abide by the First Nations principles of Ownership, Control, Access, and Possession (OCAP), as it relates to the production of knowledge derived from Indigenous contexts, the intellectual property rights in regards to ownership, the direct involvement in guiding the project, the research process involved in tool development, the collection of data that will inform the evidence, and all other the aspects connected to this project.

Value to the system

  • Tools are being developed by and for First Nations and Inuit communities.
  • Development of the tools will be grounded in cultural rather than an adaptation of existing mainstream tools.

Project partners

  • B'saanibamaadsiwin - Aboriginal Mental Health Program (Canadian Mental Health Association)
  • Dilico Anishinabek Family Care
  • Enaahtig  Healing Lodge and Learning Centre
  • Fort Frances Tribal Area Health Services Behaviour Health Unit
  • Native Child and Family Services of Toronto
  • Nodin Child and Family Intervention Services (Sioux Lookout First Nations Health Authority)
  • Six Nations Mental Health Team
  • Tungasuvvingat Inuit-Mamisarvik Healing Centre
  • Weechi-it-te-win Family Services

This project is made possible through a financial contribution from Health Canada. The views expressed do not necessarily represent the views of Health Canada. © 2015 EENet.

Project Contact: 

Project lead

Renee Linklater, PhD, Director, Aboriginal Engagement and Outreach, Provincial System Support Program (PSSP), the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH).

For more information contact Holly Smith, Project Coordinator, the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. holly [dot] smith [at] camh [dot] ca or 416 535 8501 ext. 33119.