Ontario common assessment of need community of interest

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The Ontario Common Assessment of Need (OCAN) is the evidenced-based, standardized assessment for the community mental health sector. OCAN promotes a consumer/client driven approach with the inclusion of a self-assessment. The tool supports conversations with consumers about their strengths, needs, and actions to address their unmet needs.

The OCAN Community of Interest is co-led by Canadian Mental Health Association(CMHA), Ontario, CMHA Peel Dufferin, and Ontario Health with the support of EENet. 

The OCAN Community of Interest's objectives are:

The knowledge exchange goals are:

The OCAN Community of Interest established a working group, which meets on a monthly basis to provide leadership and support as it accomplishes its goals and objectives. This working group has approximately 20 members and includes representatives from the following stakeholder groups:

Stakeholders who may be interested in participating in the activities of the Community of Interest include:

Through the years, the OCAN Community of Interest engaged in the following activities and developed the following resources:

Lead organizations

CoI leads

Linda Saunders
Quality Improvement Coach
Excellence Through Quality Improvement (E-QIP)
Canadian Mental Health Association, Ontario Division
lsaunders@ontario.cmha.ca

Diana Sousa
Program Manager 
Bramalea Care Collaborative
Canadian Mental Health Association, Peel Dufferin
SousaD@cmhapeel.ca

Jennifer Zosky
Common Assessment Specialist
Ontario Health
jennifer.zosky@ontariohealth.ca