People with mental health issues and addictions are among the most vulnerable people in our society. Approximately 20 percent of Ontarians experience a mental health or addiction problem at one time or another. They must battle not only the illness but the stigma that surrounds it.
Redesigning Addictions and Mental Health in the South East LHIN
During public consultation started for the South East LHIN’s third Integration Health Service Plan (IHSP3), Better Integration, Better Health Care, the LHIN learned about options and concerns of residents surrounding the delivery of mental health and addictions services throughout this region.
Overall, our residents, clients and patients, primary care providers and current addiction and mental health service providers all indicated that while the care received at any one provider has been very good, the current patchwork of providers and services does not serve the residents of the South East as well as it could. In particular, feedback from our community engagement activities has reflected concerns with: duplication of services, duplication of assessments (multiple story telling), difficulties in transitioning between providers, difficulty in accessing services, insufficient volume of services to satisfy demand, and the stigma often faced in accessing these and other health services.
It was necessary that the South East LHIN needed to address these issues and start the process of redesigning mental health and addictions services in a way that will build upon our experience of excellent service delivery while achieving improvements in transitions in care and achieving greater efficiency that will in turn improve access to high quality care for residents.
For the most up to date information on the Addictions and Mental Health Redesign, visit the South East LHIN website.
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