Mental Health and Addictions
Helping people with mental illness and addictions access the supports they need is an ongoing challenge in Central LHIN and across Ontario. Central LHIN continues to focus resources where they make the greatest impact for people, so they can manage early symptoms of their health condition, access coordinated services along the continuum of care and obtain the care they need, where and when they need it.
Central LHIN’s key goals for enhancing mental health and addictions services are in alignment with the provincial government’s Comprehensive Mental Health and Addictions Strategy: Open Minds, Healthy Minds which outlines a 10-year plan to transform mental health and addictions services in Ontario, starting with children and youth services.
Programs Resulting from Central LHIN Investments
York Region's Mental Health and Addictions One Stop Shop Directory
In partnership with the Mental Health and Addictions Service Coordination Council for York Region, the Central LHIN has funded the One Stop Shop Directory for mental health and addictions services in York Region. The directory launched in November 2016 and is an umbrella listing of the mental health, addictions, housing and related support services available in York Region, and is an easy way for you to find the services available in your community. Visit onestopdirectory-yr.ca or view the One Stop Shop Directory flyer for more information.
Mobile Crisis Intervention Team
As of March 31, 2014, through a partnership with North York General Hospital and Toronto Police Service (32 and 33 Divisions), the Mobile Crisis Intervention Team – consisting of police officers and mental health workers – works to provide a joint response to crisis situations in North York. The mental health worker provides mental health/crisis assessment and can make a decision onsite about whether the individual needs to undergo a psychiatric assessment at a hospital, or be directed to community mental health services while police secure the scene, ensuring everyone’s safety.
Expected onsite by summer/fall 2014, peer navigators will work in the emergency departments of North York General and Southlake hospitals through the Krasman Centre. Drawing from lived experience with mental health and/or addiction challenges, the Peer Navigator will assist individuals who present at the hospital emergency department. The goal of the Peer Navigator is to enhance recovery and improve the quality of the patient experience both in the emergency department and with system navigation after the visit.
Centralized Access to WRAP Sessions
The Krasman Centre is the central access point for Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) sessions where, within a group setting, individuals explore self-help tools and resources for keeping themselves well and for helping themselves feel better in difficult times. Visit WRAPhub for more details.
Bridges to Moms
Bridges to Moms is an outreach service provided by Black Creek Community Health Centre. Bridges to Moms works in a holistic and culturally responsive manner to reduce harm to pregnant and parenting women who use substances and their young children living in North York, northern York Region and south Simcoe. Services provided will include:
- Assessment and referral
- Assistance with child welfare issues, parenting programs and child development services
- Community services offering training, education and consultation on the issues of substance use, pregnancy and parenting
Addictions Services for York Region offers a similar service – Umbrellas Program – across York Region.
Moms and Kids Too (MK2)
Mom and Kids Too (MK2) is a substance use day treatment program for pregnant and parenting women, and their children ages six and under provided by Black Creek Community Health Centre. MK2 is a mobile service that is offered three days a week, for a seven week period in multiple sites across the Central LHIN, four to five times a year. It starts later and ends earlier than most day programs and includes participation in small groups with other mothers focusing on effective parenting, attachment activities and addictions treatment. Child care is also available onsite.
Community Opioid Treatment Program
Established by Addictions Services for York Region, the Community Opioid Treatment Program provides methadone maintenance treatment, Suboxone treatment, counselling/case management and support services for people living with opioid addiction through six satellite sites across the Central LHIN. Patients have access to a full range of addiction services including: assessment, treatment planning, case management, therapy, referrals and treatment reviews. All satellite sites provide culturally sensitive services, including those targeted to the Indigenous population living both on and off-reserve.
Expansion of Trauma-Specific Abuse Services
Trauma-specific abuse services for adults that are linked to mental health case management supports have been expanded through York Region Abuse Services.
Intensive Case Management Services
Access to intensive case management services across the LHIN has been enhanced, providing clients with psychiatric consultation and access to specialized knowledge (nurse, addiction specialist, etc.) at a service intensity level that is based on client needs.
Central LHIN Improves Access to Opioid Treatment Programs
Enhancing Mental Health and Addictions Crisis Services in Central LHIN
Ensuring the Right Care, at the Right Time, in the Right Place