This study included 124 children who participated as part of the 2014 community survey, 132 from the 2015 community survey, and 37 from the OALE program evaluation.
Members of the mental health team assessed 100% of the OALE sample on the same day as the participants' surveys were completed.
In the OALE sample, 27% had concerning answers on the ACHWM, indicating potential risk.
The ACHWM summary score mean in the OALE sample was 74.0 (SD 9.2).
Estimates of sensitivity and specificity of the screening tool were computed using the OALE program evaluation sample, because 100% completed an individual risk assessment with a mental health worker.
In-the period since the program began, Jacko admits that youth referral rates for mental health services on her reserve have not declined, but she said she has seen a vast improvement at home with her daughter, Ashlay, who participated in the OALE program in 2009.
Manitowabi is enrolled in cadets and says that since his participation in OALE he has moved to a higher rank in his program.
Stephen Ritchie, OALE program researcher and assistant professor at Laurentian University, said the benefits of the program have been noted and documented in his research.
The Wikwemikong community has now extended an invitation to neighbouring Anishinabe communities interested in participating in the OALE program.