Single Ceiling is an innovative cross-sectoral initiative that represents a new approach to children’s mental health and well-being. The goal of Single Ceiling is to improve care for children and their families by demonstrating an alternative community collaborative model of mental health delivery, all under one roof. Assessment is the cornerstone of appropriate intervention planning and decision-making and the Single Ceiling provides simplified, community-based mental health assessment using the InterRAI Child and Youth Mental Health (ChYMH) to better inform the promotion, prevention, and intervention needs of children and families. Partners collaborating on this new initiative include the Faculty of Education at Western University, the local public school board, community agencies, and children and families living in a high-risk community. This demonstration site is committed to comprehensive assessment and research to move research into action and will serve as a model for community advocacy as well as systemic and structural reform in children’s mental health.
This phase of Single Ceiling will include children 4 to 12 years of age (and their parents) who attend live in the Argyle community. Participating families will be asked to complete a short questionnaire, an Interview using the InterRAI ChYMH, and a standardized questionnaire asking about their child’s behavior and feelings (BASC-3). This phase will be completed between Fall 2015 and Summer 2016. The initial assessment phase of Single Ceiling was generously supported by The London Foundation-Community Vitality Grant. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.