Employment Ontario service providers told us that jobseekers urgently need mental health supports. That’s why we want to work with providers to test the impact of a model that integrates these supports with employment and training services.

Why participate?

You’ll have the opportunity to explore – from design through evaluation – the impact of integrating mental health supports with employment services on the employment outcomes and overall well-being of jobseekers.

What we look for

  • Can you demonstrate the interest, willingness, and capacity to implement new ways to address client mental health needs?
  • Do you have the capacity to track service delivery as well as client outcomes?

What to expect

You’ll be an active partner from start to finish — from co-designing the implementation process and evaluation framework to reviewing and analyzing the model’s impact and outcomes. You’ll work directly with agencies with expertise in mental health service delivery.

We’ll provide you with the following kinds of support:

  • technical: for training and implementation needs
  • research & evaluation: for development of the implementation model
  • monitoring & reporting: for evaluation needs
  • administrative: for project execution
  • buy-out: for designated project staff

How to participate

  • Click here to submit your organization’s expression of interest in participating.
  • Service providers will be contacted the week of October 16th regarding their submission.
  • A minimum of 6 providers from across the province will be selected to participate.
  • An initial meeting of the providers and the research and evaluation team will be held in November (date TBD).
  • The design component of the project will occur in November/December 2017.
  • Demonstration projects will launch in January 2018.

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The model

Here are the main components of the model that we are testing:

  • Screenings: Teaching providers how to screen clients for depression, anxiety, and substance use, understand the results, and identify next steps.
  • Psychoeducation: Provider training in psychoeducation strategies to help clients improve mental health literacy, better understand their symptoms, and become more comfortable asking for help.
  • Mental Health First Aid: Provider training in MHFA to reduce stigma about mental health, and improve knowledge and attitudes of jobseekers and team members.
  • Motivational interviewing: Provider training in using this collaborative, person-centred, and direct method to motivate jobseekers to change behaviour and improve their lives.