Trying to access to mental health and addictions services can be frustrating and overwhelming for patients, families and providers. The current system is siloed and not efficient.
The Integrated Mental Health and Addictions Network is working together to improve this situation and to offer the best care possible.
- Needs for mental health and addictions services in our region are high.
- Access to mental health and addictions services is hard for individuals and their families to navigate.
- Providers need to work together more to be effective and efficient.
Community members, health-care providers, social service agencies, mental health and addiction organizations, academics and specialists from across the region worked together on those issues.
Community members refers to people with lived experience of mental health and addictions, family, caregivers, Indigenous and/or Francophone representatives, 2SLGBTQ+ and/or others.
View which organizations and FLA OHT partners are in the Working Group.
What we are working towards
Having a connected system of care for mental health and addictions:
- People of all ages from across the FLA region who are in need will have equitable access to mental health and/or addictions services.
- Supports will be provided and care will be seamlessly integrated with other care providers.
- It will be a holistic health care approach.
- Providers will work together on effective and lasting ways to support and serve those in need.
Integrated Mental Health & Addictions Network Projects
AccessMHA: this service can help individuals find the support they need for issues related to:
- mental health
- substance use health and
It is a single portal for people 16 years of age or older to search for resources by region or be connected with staff to help them find the services they need. There are also many resources for healthcare professionals.
Developed by Regional Coordinated Access, a group of mental health care partners in eastern Ontario. Learn more on the AccessMHA website.
Shared Care Discussions: This project helps to create more connected care for patients and providers. Shared Care Discussions were developed and implemented as planned meetings between representatives of primary care providers and mental health and addictions services. Together they review the details of an individual’s situation and identify the most appropriate supports to help them with their care journey.
The goals of these meetings are to: discuss specific individual’s needs and develop recommendations and plans of action to address those needs. Shared Care Discussions are underway in the region.
- Community members with lived experience of mental health and addiction problems were involved in the co-design of this supportive structure.
- A Facilitators Guide to Shared Care Discussions was developed to support these meetings.
- Methods to standardize and evaluate the discussions are in place, including establishing indicators of success and sustainability plans.
Now that the model and direction forward has been established, the larger working group has been dissolved, and a new facilitation group has been formed that meets regularly specific to Shared Care Discussions. Facilitators connect for these discussions, as well as to continue implementation of the model within the FLA OHT region.
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