In 2011, the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC) released Open Minds, Healthy Minds: Ontario’s Comprehensive Mental Health and Addictions Strategy. Phase 1 (years 1-3) of the strategy focused on the mental health needs of children and youth. Phase 2 of the strategy continues the transformation of the children and youth mental health system, and expands to include a focus on addictions, health promotion, youth aged 16-19 that are transitioning between different support systems, and adult mental health and mental illness.
Over the past three years the Central West LHIN has focused on improving crisis response services, promotion of best practices, and improved use of psychiatric consults via telemedicine for people with mental illness and addictions. Moving forward the LHIN will focus on:
- ensuring that the services and programs in place are easily accessible for all Central West LHIN residents, regardless of where they look or whom they ask for help
- integrating a social determinants of health approach for mental health and addiction patients including social and family supports
- developing supportive housing options, particularly for individuals who are homeless or at risk of homelessness
- providing effective case management for short- and long-term health care requirements
- expanding culturally appropriate social rehabilitation/recreation services to clients to establish positive relationships, improve social inclusion, and reduce social isolation.
|Strategic Direction||Strategic Initiative||Strategic Action|
|Build Integrated Networks of Care||Mental Health and Addictions Services||Continue to expand community based mental health and addiction services based on capacity planning work.|
|Implement the System Access Model–a one-stop, electronically enabled referral system so that there is "no wrong door".|
|Identify and enroll mental health and addictions clients that would benefit from Health Links|