The addictions field in Canada, as well as internationally, has increasingly focused on improving the coordination of services at a systems level. This intersects sectors, such as health, social services, housing, and education jurisdictions. These models advocate offering services and supports across a continuum of care whereby more intensive services are reserved for individuals with the highest level of need and less intensive service and supports are reserved for individuals with less severe needs. The First Nations Addictions Advisory Panel has consistently highlighted the need to develop a conceptual model to capture how NNADAP prevention and treatment services can be optimized at a systems level. The purpose of this project is to develop a culturally-relevant and evidence-informed conceptual model for NNADAP prevention and treatment services at a systems level. This model is based upon: the outcomes/findings of the Regional Needs Assessment (URL) reports; key findings from the NNADAP Renewal National Forum (PDF), the NNADAP Renewal Research Papers (URL); key informant interviews; a comprehensive literature review of systems models; and a review of national and international frameworks/models that combine mainstream and Indigenous approaches to mental wellness. This research forms a central component of the NNADAP Renewal Framework report and identifies specific strengths, limitations, and opportunities for providing prevention and treatment services within NNADAP.
Authors: Dr. Peter Menzies, Wayne Skinner, Dr. David Brown
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