Regulatory Provisions - Child, Youth and Family Services Act (CYFSA):
Child and Youth Mental Health Lead Agencies
Bill or Act:
Child, Youth and Family Services Act, 2017
Summary of Proposal:
The new CYFSA enables the designation of lead agencies and provides authority to establish categories of lead agencies and to prescribe their functions in regulation.
The Ministry of Children and Youth Services (MCYS) expects to establish the category of Child and Youth Mental Health (CYMH) lead agency in regulation.
The Ministry intends to move forward with Lead Agency regulatory provisions that define the functions of CYMH lead agencies:
- The regulatory provisions will be supported by policy documents (e.g. specifics on the core services delivery plan/report would be articulated in policy documents vs. the regulation).
The provisions will frame both the provincial and local roles of lead agencies.
Proposed Functions of Lead Agencies:
Proposed functions will include the following responsibilities:
Providing leadership for the MCYS-funded core community-based CYMH system;
Championing and driving effective system management (i.e. providing a system-wide lens within the CYMH system and within the context of the broader mental health and addictions and children's systems, as well as at the local level within each service area.);
Planning including developing and informing local and provincial priorities through development of plans/reports to address service area needs and drive system change, including data collection and metrics informing recommended changes within the service area (e.g. changes to core service resource allocations);
Supporting continuous quality improvement;
Working in partnership with MCYS and service providers in implementing provincial and service area priorities.
The regulatory provisions will support accountability through:
Outlining details on how plans should be developed and the specific areas that the plans must include (e.g. inclusion of service providers, community partners, youth and families in planning activities; consideration of perspectives of diverse populations within the service area; and the provision of proposed financial resource allocation plans).
Listing the matters for which MCYS may issue directives to lead agencies. These prescribed matters would include the ability to issue directives with respect to financial and administrative matters and performance relating to lead agency specific functions.
December 11, 2017
Comments Due Date:
January 26, 2018
Ministry of Children and Youth Services
56 Wellesley St West, 15th Floor
Toronto, ON M5S 2S3