The Integration of Mental Health and Addictions Services in Algoma

Annette Katajamaki, Executive Director, CMHA Sault Ste. Marie Branch
Community Health Ontario Webinar, June 25, 2015

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.

Annette Katajamaki, BSc, is the Executive Director of the Canadian Mental Health Association, Sault Ste. Marie/Algoma Branch and has 30 years of experience in the mental health system. She has been active locally, regionally and provincially in broader health system planning and project implementation with a multi-sectoral and multi-disciplinary focus. Annette has focused her efforts in partnerships that are encompassing of all the determinants of health and are not concentrated in the mental health/addictions sector.

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