In Canada, recent reports have shown that less than 50% of people with common and severe mental disorders receive recommended treatment. Studies have also shown that the economic and social burden associated with mental disorders far exceeds treatment costs, which underlines the importance of improved allocation of resources to adequately fund the mental health system to support efficient and effective interventions. This research program will provide important information for planning and budgeting services that will be used by research brokers and decision makers for estimating a balanced mental health care system in Canada that will support equitable and seamless, quality and efficient mental health care for all disorders and mental health client populations in need.
By using patient, population health survey and administrative data with methodologies includin dynamic economic modeling this research program will address important questions regarding the adequacy of primary mental health care services received in Quebec and Canada. Specifically, whether mental health needs are being met and the costs associated with such care as well as inform on the performance of the mental health system with respect to relevant system performance mental health indicators such as mortality by suicide, self-injury, 30-day mental illness readmission rates and repeat hospitalizations for mental illness, prevalence and incidence of mental disorders, unmet mental health needs, change in mental health status, patient quality of life and satisfaction with services and cost per episode.