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Mental Health and Psychosocial Care

33The Paediatric Diabetes Network established the Mental Health and Psychosocial Working Group (MHP-WG) to effect change in the paediatric diabetes landscape by addressing the challenges and discrepancies associated with access to mental health and psychosocial care for paediatric diabetes patients. The MHP-WG was tasked with developing a comprehensive set of recommendations regarding a provincial approach for paediatric diabetes programs to improve access and coordination of mental health and psychosocial services for youth living with diabetes and their families. The intent of these recommendations is to improve access and cultivate a more streamlined process for paediatric diabetes patients seeking mental health and psychosocial supports across the province of Ontario.

Mental Health and Psychosocial Working Group | Recommendations Report

February 2016

By identifying specific needs and enabling the streamlining of mental health services for the pediatric diabetes population, the recommendations put forth in this report focus on an approach that aligns with other provincial initiatives aiming to improve mental health for children and youth. Furthermore, this report explores the impact that mental health and psychosocial conditions have in the broader system on the long-term outcomes of the population they address and on how to leverage resources that currently exist within the Ontario healthcare system.

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