Year: 2016 Source: Ottawa, ON: Ontario Centre of Excellence for Child and Mental Health, 2015. 27 p. SIEC No: 20160057

This report proposes an answer to the question posed by the Ministry of Children and Youth Services (MCYS) and lead agencies: How can lead agencies best allocate their resources across the seven core services? We recommend a collaborative decision-making process whereby MCYS and lead agencies clarify the value and cost of services when determining allocations. This approach was developed following an international jurisdictional scan and a review of decision-making literature on the allocation of organizational resources. Findings revealed no one-size-fits-all solution for how to best allocate resources across health services. This review highlighted the complexity of this question given diverse mental health needs, a lack of data to support decision-making and the likelihood that allocation needs change over time.