Community Mental Health Common Assessment Project
What is OCAN?
The Ontario Common Assessment of Need (OCAN) is a standardized,
consumer-led, decision-making tool that assists with mental health recovery.
OCAN’s collaborative, holistic approach to supporting mental health recovery is
built around internationally recognized research.
Strongly supported by the Ontario Mental Health sector, OCAN captures the
consumer’s voice by:
Identifying individual needs
Matching these needs to existing services
Highlighting service gaps
OCAN is designed to:
Benefit both consumers and HSPs by:
Enabling consumer-led decision making at an individual level
Reducing repetitive information gathering
Standardizing, streamlining and unifying assessment
Providing an aggregate view of the sector to support informed decision
The implementation phase of OCAN occurred between 2009 – 2012. In 2013, CMH CAP
transitioned to an operational phase where the provinicial common assessment and
integrated assessment record advisory committee continues to engage with the CMH
sector to sustain the use of OCAN in compliance with provincial standards.
Health Service Providers (HSPs) are experiencing the value of incorporating OCAN
to support client care.
CMH CAP Project Profile 2012
For more information:
CMH Common Assessment Lessons Learned for Fiscal Year 2014/15
CMH CAP Final Report 2013 /
PEC SMC Rapport Final 2013
WOTCH peer volunteers encourage hope
Online tutorials that provide an introduction to OCAN
Aboriginal Working Group Report
Consumer Working Group Report
Lessons Learned Report Summary - NE LHIN Implementation Pilot
Evaluation of OCAN in NE LHIN Consumer/Survivor Programs
Evaluation of OCAN in Aboriginal Mental Health Programs in NE LHIN
CAMH Study - Using information from different assessment measures
CAMH Study - Rating Need for Care in the OCAN: A Reliability Assessment
Oak Centre Case Study
Rapport du groupe de travail sur les clients
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