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.

Getting to Integration: Command and Control or Emergent Process

This paper reviews some of the public and private sector literature about mergers and alliances and offers observations on the extent to which collaboration is an emergent process that is responsive to its particular environment and explores power dynamics and how trust and flexibility affect outcomes in a positive or negative sense.