Vancouver Coastal Health's (VCH) Mental Health and Substance Use (MHSU) services have partnered with the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS (BC-CfE) on the Treatment Optimization of Psychosis (TOP) Collaborative — a project that aims to implement more treatment options for psychosis in community health-care settings.
The TOP Collaborative is a 12-month quality-improvement initiative that is led by the BC-CfE. It will connect people in Vancouver living with psychosis with the best possible treatment, care and monitoring in their community, while raising awareness of effective clozapine treatment.
“We know that many people living with mental health challenges often receive other treatments before the ideal treatment option," says said Bob Chapman, Interim Vice President, Vancouver Community, VCH. “This quality-improvement initiative will bring greater awareness of the efficacy and safety of medication and help to ensure that health-care practitioners can best support their clients who may benefit from optimized treatment options."
Teams across Vancouver Community and Sechelt are currently taking part in the TOP collaborative. The methodology that comes out of this initiative has the potential to improve the quality of care that they can provide to our clients and has the potential to decrease the use of acute care for psychosis. With COVID-19 exacerbating mental-health challenges and an intensifying opioid epidemic, this initiative opens up more options for the treatment and care of psychosis – and to bring those options closer to home in the community.
The TOP Collaborative officially launched on June 23, 2021 with a virtual education event led by the TOP Collaborative project team. The launch was attended by team representatives and stakeholders.
TOP team members from VCH and the BC-CfE host virtual launch event.
Vivian Eliopoulos, President and CEO, Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) and Bob Chapman, Interim Vice President, Vancouver Community, VCH spoke at the launch alongside other leaders about the importance of this work. A video message from the Sheila Malcolmson, B.C. Minister of Mental Health & Addictions, was also shared.
Dr. Rolando Barrios watches B.C. Minister of Mental Health Addictions Shelia Malcolmson video address
You can learn more about the TOP Collaborative, here: BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS and Vancouver Coastal Health (bccfe.ca)