Mental Wellness Team
Kitigan Zibi Health
& Social Services
What is the project?
Kitigan Zibi Health & Social Services (KZHSS),
Maniwaki Native Friendship Center and the Wanaki Treatment Center have vastly different mandates regarding their program and service delivery. Current mental wellness programs vary among the centers mainly due to their varied clientele, nations eligible to receive their services, and location of the centers (both on and off-reserve). Despite these differences, however, common themes often resurface when dealing with client mental health issues which each center struggles with.
The following is an overview of the common identified needs:
Bridge the gaps in mental health service delivery
Ensure better coordination of core wellness services
Improve access to specialized services, particularly psychiatric assessments
Provide cultural supervision for specialized services and core wellness services
Provide clinical supervision through support and coaching for Para-professionals, front-line workers and local resources
Ensure an enhanced continuum of client care
In order to address these identifies needs,
a Mental Wellness Project Coordinator is in place. This individual works closely with current human resources within the centers, including professionals, para-professionals and cultural resources, to provide optional care that fosters and supports client wellness.