The Integration of Mental Health and Addictions Services in Algoma

Between 2010 and 2013, an attempt was made to integrate 13 providers with over 100 mental health and addiction services into one new integrated agency – the Algoma Anchor Agency. This newly created agency was formed and incorporated in 2012, but late in 2013 the concept “died.” Find out why the concept arose, the steps taken to create the agency and the reasons for its’ demise. Explore the lessons learned and the positive and negative consequences experienced by those affected, including the providers and the recipients of services.

Scarborough’s Palliative Care Community Team

This presentation highlights the Palliative Care Community Team, an interdisciplinary team of healthcare professionals that provide clinical and non-clinical community-based care to palliative and end-of-life patients. This collaboration of seven cross-sectoral organizations focuses on opportunities to create a broader, comprehensive, seamless service model for Scarborough residents to 24/7 quality palliative care through a variety of program services and supports.

Case Study: The North Simcoe Muskoka Community Support Services Collaborative

The NSM CSS Collaborative is a group of agencies who provide community support services in the NSM LHIN region. These agencies all receive LHIN funding as well as funding from other sources. The agencies provide a wide range of services to adults with ongoing community needs. Services include meals, transportation, disability assistance, supportive housing and more. Agencies range from small to large and some are provincial or national.

Case Study: On the Merger of Dixon Hall and Mid-Toronto Community Support Services

Since 1929, Dixon Hall Neighbourhood Services has been the place for east Toronto residents to get the help they need to dream, grow and thrive. Over the past 85 years, their services have grown and changed to support the needs of the vibrant neighbourhoods they serve, including the recent integration (in January 2014) with Mid-Toronto Community Services to ensure strong, effective services for our community seniors.

The PATH Project and Northumberland PATH

In Northumberland PATH, patients and caregivers partner with providers across the community and system to co-design changes to improve healthcare transitions and experiences. A first for Ontario, the project shifts who and what drives healthcare change, and tests the difference it delivers.

Adolescent Health in Rural Southwest Norfolk County: A Social Phenomenon

This paper presents the results of a participatory action project on the health, opinions and needs of youth in the rural area of southwest Norfolk. Teenagers there had been found to have substantilly higher rates of smoking and underage drinking compared to Ontario youth in general, were prone to risky behaviours and were the at high risk for suicide. The paper demonstrates the value of community engagement and asset identification in addressing rural health and social issues.

Networking for rural health

This monograph presents five case studies of rural networks in the United States that used the resources provided
by the Networking for Rural Health project to plan and implement activities to meet community
needs.