The Mental Health Services Division's primary role
is to provide central leadership and accountability for the effective,
efficient and equitable delivery of all formal mental health services
in the province.
The responsibilities of the Division are to:
- Assess the need of the New Brunswick population
for mental health services.
- Define priorities for service development and implementation
in accordance with the provincial mental health policy.
- Define and ensure implementation of core programs
and service standards.
- Define and monitor expected outcomes for all levels
- Ensure the full implementation of the requirements of
the Mental Health Act and the Mental Health Services Act.
- Allocate financial and human resources and monitor
- Directly manage the Community Mental Health Centres
and ensure the effective delivery of purchase of service contracts
with hospital corporations for the in-patient services (psychiatric
units and hospitals)
- Provide leadership to provincial education/prevention/promotion
initiatives for mental health.
- Ensure partnerships with community groups and non-government
organizations through the purchase of service contracts to support
consumers and families.
The division is headed by an Assistant Deputy Minister
who reports to the Deputy Minister of Health and Wellness and is a
member of the Department's senior management team. A Mental Health
Services Advisory Committee, established through legislation, provides
advice to the Minister of Health and Wellness on a broad spectrum
of issues relating to mental health services.
The ADM for Mental Health Services is supported by
a small management team responsible for the following functions:
- Management of Operations
- Quality Management and Executive Support
- Acute Programs
- Children and Adolescent Programs
- Adult Long Term Programs
Services are provided through four distinct operational
- the Community Mental Health Centre which directly
reports to the division,
- the psychiatric units,
- the psychiatric hospitals and
- funding to non-profit organizations, and consumer
and family groups with a primary mandate of serving people with
mental health issues.
Both the psychiatric units and the psychiatric hospitals
formally report to Regional Hospital Corporations, but are funded by the
division through purchase of service contracts.