Strategic Direction and Priorities

As a crown agency of the Government of Ontario, the Central LHIN plans, funds, integrates and delivers health care services.

In 2017-2018, we funded:

  • 9 Hospitals (seven public and two private)
  • 46 Long-Term Care Homes
  • 33 Community Support Service (CSS) providers
  • 23 Mental Health and Addictions (MHA) service providers
  • Two Community Health Centres (CHCs)

Also in 2017, with the passage of the Patients First Act in late 2016, our expanded mandate includes:

  • Plan and provide front-line home and community care services, including mental health services;
  • Manage the placement of persons into long-term care homes, supportive housing programs, chronic care and rehabilitation beds in hospitals;
  • Engage with Primary Care providers on integration and fund non-physician Primary Care models such as Nurse Practitioner-Led Clinics;
  • Have closer and more formal linkages with public health units.

As we undertake our work in system planning and patient services delivery, our focus is: 

  • Improving patient experience through patient-informed planning, reducing caregiver distress and improving coordination of care; 
  • Integrating the Health Links approach to care within Central LHIN sub-regions;
  • Strengthening transitions in care through better collaboration between primary care providers, trans-disciplinary health care teams, hospitals, public health, community support services and home care;
  • Identifying opportunities to improve access to care for high risk and vulnerable communities through population-based planning and innovative partnership collaboration;
  • Enhancing access to mental health and addictions programs and support through improved service coordination, reduction of wait lists and increased program capacity;
  • Improving sub-region based access to palliative care and end-of-life care;
  • Increasing the focus on cultural sensitivity and the delivery of health care services to Indigenous people and French-speaking people in the Central LHIN.  

Refer to the Priorities pages for program highlights, or see our 2018-2019 Annual Business Plan for a comprehensive summary of priorities and initiatives that we are working on in collaboration with patients, families, physicians, health services providers and other stakeholders.