Six addictions and mental health service organizations from across Perth and Huron counties have formed a new partnership in an effort to improve the quality and access to services in the region.
The partners include Choices for Change, the Huron Perth Healthcare Alliance (HPHA), Alexandra Marine and General Hospital, the Huron-Perth branch of the Canadian Mental Health Association, Phoenix Survivors Perth County and WOTCH.
While each organization will retain its unique programs and identity, they will operate under an umbrella called Huron Perth Addictions and Mental Health Partners, which aims to provide easier access to service and support public understanding of a more integrated service system.
Under the new partnership:
• Partners will be mutually accountable to each other for the management and delivery of services;
• There will be a single access number under the name Huron Perth Addictions and Mental Health Partners;
• A help line will assist people to find appropriate services;
• People will be asked for information only once, and it will be shared between partner organizations;
• Partners will also work together to reduce waiting lines. All partners said they were excited to work on improving the quality of care they offer.
“Working collaboratively is one of the most effective ways of ensuring high quality care and we are looking forward to the advances this relationship will generate,” said Andrew Williams, CEO of the HPHA.
The partners have been meeting regularly since Dec. 2011 in response to the provincial Ministry of Health and Long Term Care’s 10-year mental health addictions strategy which urged better coordination of services. Work will continue over the coming months as all components of the new approach are put in place.
The ministry also made a commitment to continue investments in mental health and addiction services to decrease waiting times and enhance service delivery.