At SB Partners, we have a strong commitment to supporting the community. While our mission is a dedication to client service excellence, enriching employee experience, and contributing positively to our communities. Our Vision is very community based, recognizing that for our clients and employees to succeed, the communities in which they live, work, and play must also thrive and prosper.
We are thrilled to announce a $25,000 sponsorship over five years for Joseph Brant Hospital’s new Mental Health Redevelopment and Expansion Project in support of the hospital’s Mental Health and Addictions (MHA) program. The Joseph Brant Hospital (JBH) Mental Health Redevelopment and Expansion Project will provide a much needed expansion of the MHA program and will support the hospital in meeting the Ontario standards for beds per population. The inpatient unit and outpatient services have operated at capacity levels between 120% to 140% for over a decade.
With the Mental Health Redevelopment and Expansion Project, the Hospital will continue to provide innovative, unique programs dedicated to transforming access to mental health and addiction services (MHA). Unique programs like Prioritizing Health through Acute Stabilization Transition (PHAST), which aims to identify and bridge the gaps for people and families in crisis through a multi-agency approach providing a timely, centralized, user-friendly response to patients aged 16 and older, in crisis with options for ongoing care outside a hospital setting.
Between 2012 and 2017, visits to Joseph Brant Hospital among those under 18 years of age in need of mental health and addiction care increased by 63%. And more than 50% of the population will experience a mental illness by the age of 40. PHAST, which also includes care for minors through JBH’s Child & Adolescent Psychiatric (CAP) Clinic, works in partnership with leading providers of primary and secondary MHA services in Burlington including:
- Joseph Brant Hospital (JBH)
- Halton branch of the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA)
- Halton Alcohol, Drug and Gambling Assessment, Prevention and Treatment Services (ADAPT)
- Reach Out Centre for Kids (ROCK)
- Burlington Family Health Team (BFHT)
This multi-agency approach is a new paradigm designed to be a portable, scalable, and spreadable model that may be adopted nationwide. PHAST is a Quadruple Aim Innovation in MHA services focused on improving the quality of care and experience for the individual, improving access and outcomes at a population level, improving provider experience and well-being and improving the value of, and return on investment for, health sector expenditures.
The program is the subject of an important research study that will determine the effectiveness of a Full Continuum Model of Care supporting patients from crisis to well-being. The program can accommodate a higher volume of patients than the current model and early outcomes have seen a decrease in emergency room recidivism from 20-30% across provinces to 3.5% or less.
For SB Partners, the opportunity to be involved in such a transformative initiative and a new model that improves not only the community within Burlington and the Halton region but holds the potential to offer a viable solution and real results across the country are very exciting. Where the impact will improve communities, it resonates well with SB Partner’s values of Integrity, Innovation, a Positive Workplace, Community, and Belonging.