With few sustainable, efficacious, and cost-effective mental health service delivery models being translated to services worldwide, the MHLC seeks to promote innovation, foster capacity building and professional development, and cross-site knowledge sharing to expand mental health care that moves treatment outside of institutions and into home and communities, meeting people where they live.
With input from representatives from all 10 PIH sites, the PIH Mental Health program developed the Cross-Site Strategic Planning Matrix to Achieve Universal Health Coverage—a tool to expand service delivery and model effective implementation of mental health services at health center and community levels, depending on available local resources. In 2019, four sites (Haiti, Mexico, Liberia, and Rwanda) participated in Theory of Change and Quality Improvement workshops to further ground the matrix in local experience and generate momentum for strengthening health systems around expanding delivery of community-based care for common as well as severe mental conditions.
Knowledge Sharing and Capacity Building
Through cross-site learning, collaboration, and dissemination, the MHLC creates a platform for training and mentorship led by local implementing teams from across sites. Monthly cross-site calls provide an opportunity for mental health teams and collaborators to share best practices and collectively develop custom frameworks and tools to strengthen their delivery of mental health care. In addition, the MHLC continues to develop an online resource where site teams can share and adapt implementation tools, training materials, and clinical guidelines. Through virtual coordination calls and in-person trainings, this cross-national training model has evolved to encompass collaborations between PIH teams in Liberia and Sierra Leone for the implementation of Sierra Leone’s homeless mental health care program as well as the piloting of WHO’s Problem Management Plus (PM+) intervention in Mexico and Malawi with guidance from PIH teams in Peru and Rwanda respectively. Over the years, teams have created, adapted, and piloted new curricula for psychosocial rehabilitation, substance use, and healthcare worker trainings across sites. Team members travel across sites and continue to meet virtually to support and learn from one another.
Value chain workshops and e-learning course
Care delivery sites engaged in value chain workshops and created an e-learning course to promote and deepen the quality of mental health care. The PIH Mental Health value chain—a map of the care delivery system—describes key elements essential in the delivery of quality, high-value care for mental health patients. The primary goal of the course is to equip learners to recognize how to apply essential elements required for delivery of quality care for people with mental health conditions. After its official launch on the MHLC call on September 20th, our self-paced eLearning. Mental Health Value Chain course is now available on OnePIH’s Learning Portal hosted by Tovuti. The e-learning course can be accessed on the learning platform through the Partners In Health website here.