Stephanie Lefebvre, Manager, Service Collaboration
Since May 2014, Community Mobilization Sudbury and its Rapid Mobilization Table (RMT) partners have been working together to improve the well-being of Sudbury residents. Representatives from over 25 CMS partner agencies meet twice each week at the RMT. They share current situations that represent high risk of harm – loss of housing, mental health crisis, criminal involvement, family breakdown, victimization, etc. Once a situation is identified, all necessary agency partners plan and participate in a coordinated, joint response – ensuring that those at risk are connected to appropriate, timely, effective and caring supports.
Since its launch, RMT has supported 620 referrals – each representing an individual or family who is at high risk of harm. However, referrals to the RMT have surged in 2018 and team members have rallied to respond. As of October 9, the RMT has responded to an amazing 211 referrals – more than double the RMT’s yearly average.
One factor influencing the increase in RMT activity is the establishment of a new referral pathway from Health Science’s North (HSN). As part of broader community initiatives to improve patient transitions from hospital to home, clinicians in the Emergency Department, Mental Health Crisis program and Withdrawal Management Services are now referring patients directly to the RMT as a venue for mobilizing community based supports. As a result, the RMT received 33 new referrals from HSN between May and August, 2018.
We have been able to look at the impact of those referrals on the individuals supported by RMT – comparing the number of Emergency visits in the 30 days prior to their RMT referral with the number of visits made by these individuals in the 30 days after their referral to RMT. HSN analysis demonstrated a:
- 68% reduction in Emergency Department visits
- 71% reduction in visits to Mental Health Crisis at HSN
- 56% reduction in use of Withdrawal Management Services
These outcomes are a wonderful measure of the success of RMT for the 33 individuals recently referred by HSN. Equally important, they signal the impact that RMT responses and partners have had over the past 4+ years of RMT collaboration. Kudos are due to all of our RMT team members, CMS partner agencies and supporting community stakeholders. Your efforts are making a difference to Sudbury residents, agencies, and the well-being of our community as a whole. THANK YOU!