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Stepped Care 2.0

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What is Stepped Care 2.0?

Stepped Care 2.0© (SC2.0) is a transformative model for organizing and delivering evidence-informed mental health and substance use services. The approach it uses is:

  • Person-centred
  • Strengths-based
  • Recovery-oriented.


The Strength of Stepped Care 2.0

The Strength of Stepped Care 2.0

  • Timely and flexible access
  • Diverse options
  • Formal and informal mental health and substance use supports

It is designed to provide the services that best meet people’s needs and preferences.

To learn more about the SC2.0 model, including its core components, nine-step framework, and how it differs from other models of care, read Stepped Care 2.0: What Makes it Different?

About Stepped Care 2.0

SC2.0 was first implemented in Canada at Memorial University. After its successful scale-up in our Newfoundland and Labrador Demonstration Project, we are now guiding SC2.0 implementation in other provinces and territories, in partnership with founder Dr. Peter Cornish and the team at Stepped Care Solutions.

Together, we provide support on implementation, stakeholder engagement, training and consultation, program management, evaluation, knowledge exchange, and communications. This partnership has led to shared benefits and tangible results, both for providers and the people accessing care.

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We all have different needs when it comes to mental wellness. If people have access to a diverse range of service options, they are more likely to get the right care at the right time for their own needs and preferences. This a foundation of the Stepped Care 2.0© (SC2.0) approach to service delivery.

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News Releases

November 16, 2022

Health PEI has entered into an agreement to support the implementation of the evidenced-based Stepped Care 2.0© (SC2.0) model with the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC); … Read more >

October 15, 2020

In an effort to improve access to mental health and addictions programs, Nova Scotia Health is collaborating with the MHCC to launch Stepped Care 2.0… Read more >

August 11, 2020

The Government of the Northwest Territories is collaborating with the MHCC on a mental health project to reduce wait times and improve services by providing care to residents when and where they need it… Read more >

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