The ACCESS Open Minds network is a pan-Canadian initiative to show how youth mental health services can be transformed. It is a joint venture of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and the Graham Boeckh Foundation. Each partner is contributing $12.5 million over the five year life of the project.

In particular, the ACCESS Open Minds network is demonstrating how youth mental health services can be transformed in different settings and for different populations of youth at risk in 12 communities across Canada. It is a multi-stakeholder network that brings together youth, families, care providers, policy makers, researchers and community organizations.

The four main objectives to be achieved through the transformation at each of the 12 sites are:

  • Early identification;
  • Quick access for an initial assessment (within 72 hours);
  • Abolition of transition based on the age of 18, creating a seamless service for 11-25 year old youth; and
  • Access to high-quality, evidence-informed interventions within one month, when needed.

The ACCESS Open Minds network was funded under an innovative funding competition called TRAM for ‘Transformational Research in Adolescent Mental Health’. The initiative is part of CIHR’s Strategy for Patient Oriented Research (SPOR).


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ACCESS Open Minds: Executive Summary
ACCESS Open Minds: Website
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