Primary Health Care
Access to primary health care is often an issue for people with mental illness. Many people seek primary care from a family doctor in private practice. Other forms of primary care are also available. Due to a shortage of family physicians and a desire to expand alternatives to private family practices, in 2005 the provincial government announced the creation of 150 family health teams (FHTs) and 39 new community health centre (CHC) sites to address the need for primary health care across the province.
There is a growing trend for community mental health agencies and other agencies to work in partnership with family health teams and community health centres. FHTs and CHCs provide primary care using a model of multidisciplinary care that includes physicians and other providers such as nurse practitioners, nurses, social workers and dietitians. In addition, CHCs provide a variety of health promotion and illness prevention services that focus on addressing and raising awareness of the broader social determinants of health, such as employment, education, environment, isolation, social exclusion and poverty.
CHCs are designed to meet the specific needs of a defined community, often with a focus on groups of people who face particular barriers to health. FHTs are designed to give doctors support from other professionals in providing primary care to the general population.
CHCs are non-profit, community-governed organizations. Most FHTs are physician-led, although some are community-led.
Learn more from the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care:
- Family health teams
- Community health centres
Team Work, Network (Fall 2005)
- Association of Ontario Health Centres
- The association advocates for CHCs, Aboriginal Health Access Centres and other non-profit, community-governed primary care organizations.
The Crisis Workers Society of Ontario is pleased to announce its 2017 Conference to be held at the Sheraton Hotel in Hamilton, Ontario on June 14, 15 & 16, 2017. Attended by over 300 delegates, this conference aims to deliver important and dynamic information, as well as offer an excellent networking opportunity to all participants.
On Wednesday January 25, Camille Quenneville, CEO of Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), Ontario and Patrick Smith, CEO of CMHA National, will be available to speak to the media about ways people can improve and maintain their mental health and the issues impacting people living with mental health conditions or illnesses.
The pre-budget submission from Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), Ontario urges the Ontario government to make mental health and addictions a priority during the development of the 2017 provincial budget.
With the holidays over and the grey winter weather setting in, some Canadians may notice a shift in mood and energy.
The Ministry of Community and Social Services (MCSS) has more than doubled mileage rates for Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) recipients travelling for authorized medical treatments.
Teachers Life becomes the Presenting Sponsor of the Canadian Mental Health Association’s Talk Today Program as part of multi-year OHL partnership
The Ontario Hockey League in association with Teachers Life proudly announce the launch of a two-year partnership as Teachers Life becomes the Presenting Sponsor of the Canadian Mental Health Association’s Talk Today Program in 16 OHL communities.
CMHA congratulates Manulife for the company’s initiative in providing mental health support for its employees. As of January 1, 2017, Manulife employees will receive a mental health support benefit of up to $10,000 per person per year, including family members.
CMHA Ontario CEO Camille Quenneville is urging the Ontario government to make mental health a priority during the development of the 2017 provincial budget.
Join EENet’s dialogue sessions, taking place across the province, to provide input on the evidence most needed to support you in your daily work and to navigate the system. Sharing Together aims to identify priority evidence needs related to mental health, substance use, and addictions, in the areas of health promotion and prevention, early identification, treatment and recovery, and across the lifespan. Results of the in-person sessions, and an online survey, will be used to co-create an evidence priority agenda for Ontario.
Registration is now open for the Excellence through Quality Improvement Project’s (E-QIP) next webinar, Using the OCAN for Improvement. The webinar will take place on January 25, 2017 from 12 to 1:15 pm and is intended for community mental health and addictions staff and volunteers interested in quality improvement.