Mental Health and Addictions
The Hamilton Niagara Haldimand Brant (HNHB) Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) is committed to supporting the development of a person-centred, integrated and coordinated system of mental health and addictions services.
The LHIN works together with its partners to support and align with the provincial 10-year mental health and addictions strategy, Open Minds, Healthy Minds (2011). The strategy aims to address systemic issues so that every person can enjoy good mental health and wellbeing throughout their lifetime, and those with mental illness or addictions issues can recover and participate in welcoming, supportive communities.
The strategy includes two phases: Phase 1, launched in 2011, focuses on children and youth mental health, and Phase 2, and launched in 2014, focuses on adults, transitional aged youth, addictions transitions, funding reform, and performance measurement across the system.
The strategy includes five strategic pillars, including priorities as recommended by the Ontario government’s Mental Health and Addictions Leadership Advisory Council.
Provincial Advisory Council Priorities
| Promote resiliency and wellbeing in Ontarians
|| Prevention, promotion and early intervention
| Ensure early identification and intervention
|| Youth addictions
| Expand housing, employment supports and diversion
and transitions from the justice system
| Supportive housing
| Right service, right time, right place
|| System alignment and capacity
| Fund based on need and quality
|| Community funding reform
Local Priorities and Progress
The Hamilton Niagara Haldimand Brant LHIN aims to address the growing need for mental health and addictions services and the complexity of the system by focusing on populations, integration, outcomes, and variation among programs and services, with specific goals related to mental health and addictions services:
- Reduce variation among services
- Build capacity within the system
- Improve access to services
- Reduce stigma within services
Mental Health and Addictions Advisory Committee
In 2013, a LHIN-wide Mental Health and Addictions Advisory Group, led by St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton, was established to integrate the delivery of mental health and addictions services throughout our communities.
Over four fiscal years between 2012 and 2016, with advice from the LHIN’s Mental Health and Addictions Advisory Group, the LHIN has invested more than $13 million in local programs and services in alignment with provincial and local priorities.
In December 2016, the LHIN refreshed the Mental Health and Addictions Advisory Committee to include expanded membership such as various government ministries and representation from a broader range of cross-sector organizations.
Click here to learn more about the Mental Health and Addictions Advisory Committee.
The LHIN is accountable to the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care for monitoring specific health system indicators and working toward set targets. Two of these indicators relate to mental health and addictions:
- Repeat unscheduled emergency department visits within 30 days for a mental health condition
- Repeat unscheduled emergency department visits within 30 days for a substance abuse condition
Click here to view the LHIN’s Performance Indicator Reports, which are posted quarterly on the ‘Performance’ page of our website.