Mental Health and Addictions

The NE LHIN committed to the following over the next three years: Change mental health and addictions care into easily accessible and appropriate supports across the continuum of care.

Mental health and addiction issues have a significant impact on the delivery of health care and quality of life. The NE LHIN is streamlining the delivery of services so that people can get the help they need in a timely manner and as close to where they live as possible. Every year, the NE LHIN invests about $75 million in 48 organizations delivering a wide range of mental health and addiction services.

A comprehensive North East Addictions Services Review was conducted to outline service strengths, gaps, and challenges faced by Northerners in accessing services. In addition, a Regional Mental Health and Addictions Advisory Council established a two-year work plan featuring priorities aligned with the recommendations outlined in the NE Addictions Services Review:  

  • Bring providers together to improve the continuum of services, achieving better health outcomes.
  • Transform the system to one that improves access to care and services for the NE LHIN region.
  • Support a culture of recovery-oriented practice at a policy, program, and practice level.
  • Improve health outcomes of Indigenous Populations.
  • Recognize that people with mental health and addiction lived experience require safe, affordable, and appropriate housing with additional support if needed.
  • Develop strategies to engage, reduce, and prevent the number of people experiencing chronic homelessness.
  • Improve outcomes for people accessing mental health and addictions support through increased care connections between primary care providers and the emergency department, hospital, front-line community and culturally appropriate services.
  • Ensure people who experience mental health and addiction conditions can access a Primary Care Provider.

Our three year (2019-2022) mental health and addiction deliverables include:

  1. Lead the integration of mental health and addiction providers to ensure better access and streamlined care.
  2. Oversee the adoption of best practice standards to guide assessment and treatment, ensuring people living with mental health and addiction issues have access to high quality care.
  3. Support the development of a highly coordinated continuum of care for children, youth, adults and older adults living with mental health and addiction issues.
  4. Collaborate with Indigenous and Francophone Northerners on care options that ensure culturally appropriate approaches to mental health and addiction care.
  5. Enhance service delivery to people living with mental health and addiction issues in rural and remote communities.