2014/15 was an exciting year for CMHA Grey Bruce. It was a year of celebration, of growth and of striving for excellence. We celebrated our 50th anniversary and our funding increased by almost $300,000. In this year’s annual report we have chosen to highlight the programs we offer, their scope of service and the financial accountability the agency provides them with. This exemplifies our commitment to deliver on our five Strategic Directions highlighted in the next pages of this report.
Implementation of emerging evidence based practices, including our new Intensive Case Management Team and now the 24/7 Urgent Response Team, improves access to needed assessment and treatment for people dealing with mental health concerns who previously were not able to access services. The outcome is improved quality of care and healthcare system performance, and ultimately improved sustainability. Focus on excellence in governance leadership is driving transparency through enhanced accountability structures including the adaptation of a new scorecard and quarterly statistical reporting structure.
Looking ahead, we anticipate that increased public awareness and acceptance of mental illness, our focus on quality improvement and innovation, and our efforts at community engagement, will result in continued high demand. This new case finding results in our greatest challenges as a service provider. We are faced with ever increasing caseloads and client acuity in the community is rising as hospital inpatient beds are under increasing pressure. We acknowledge our funders, the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care through the South West LHIN and also the many other community partners who provide resources to our agency. We enjoy an energetic and talented staff as well as a group of dedicated volunteers. Thanks especially to our board members who set and steward the vision of our agency.
We look forward to the future and know that there is still a lot of work to do to enhance, maintain, and promote the mental and emotional health of all individuals in Grey and Bruce Counties.