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YouthNet/RĂ©seauAdo Recognized for Quality Services by Accreditation Canada
YouthNet/RéseauAdo, a mental health program featured at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO), was recently recognized by Accreditation Canada for demonstrating exceptional leadership and high quality service delivery.

According to Accreditation Canada, a leading practice is a noteworthy practice carried out by a health service organization. This practice must demonstrate innovation and creativity, as well as have a positive impact on services or outcomes for clients and their families.

“Youth mental health is a complex issue requiring innovative solutions,” said Dr. Ian Manion, co-founder of YouthNet/RéseauAdo and executive director of the Ontario Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health. “YouthNet/RéseauAdo is an example of that innovation where youth have come together to develop and refine a bilingual program that is an asset to our community.”

YouthNet/RéseauAdo is a mental health promotion and intervention program run by youth for youth. This program caters to young people between the ages of 13 and 20 by offering various support services. YouthNet/RéseauAdo is all about youth helping youth develop the necessary skills to live a mentally balanced life.

“When youth are engaged in meaningful ways, they are healthier – both physically and mentally,” said Dr. Manion. “YouthNet/RéseauAdo demonstrates the value of that engagement for CHEO and our broader community.”

One of the goals of the YouthNet/RéseauAdo program at CHEO is to reduce the stigma surrounding mental health and mental illness. This is done through prevention/intervention activities, education, research and advocacy. YouthNet/RéseauAdo runs focus groups in schools, community centres, youth groups and anywhere else youth are found in order to give youth the chance to talk about mental health and mental illness in a confidential and supportive environment.

YouthNet/RéseauAdo also runs several youth initiatives throughout the year. These activities, developed by youth, offer alternative, healthy and constructive ways of coping with stress through physical activity, social interaction and creative expression.

YouthNet/RéseauAdo is just one if the six leading practices at CHEO that were acknowledged by Accreditation Canada. The other five included:

Patient Safety and Leadership Rounds – a proactive patient safety forum which solicits staff concerns and solutions.

Pediatric Intensive Care Unit Checklist – a verification process for high risk activities at the critical care bedside.

Use of Total Clinical Outcomes Management in Inpatient Mental Health – a framework to guide both clinical decision-making and outcome evaluation where the needs and strengths of patients and families are centrally important.

Using LEAN in the Emergency Department – highlights innovation introduced by using LEAN methodologies for Quality Improvement in the Emergency Department to reduce wait times.

Transfusion Medicine Competencies Training – online Transfusion Medicine Training module for staff and physicians.

If you would like to learn more about YouthNet/RéseauAdo and all of the services they provide you can visit their website or check out their new Facebook page.
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