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.
CMHA Nation-Wide Conference – October 22nd-24th, 2014
REGISTRATION IS OPEN – CLICK HERE TO REGISTER
Opening Ceremony and Keynote
Wednesday, October 22, 5:30 pm
Wednesday, October 22, 9:00 am—3:30 pm
Keynotes and Concurrent Sessions
Thursday and Friday, October 23 and 24
November 12-14, 2014
Venue: Hilton Palacio Del Rio
San Antonio, TX
Organizer: The National Association for the Dually Diagnosed (NADD)
October 15-17, 2014
Venue: The Hyatt Regency
Organizer: UBC Interprofessional Continuing Education
August 19, 2014
Venue: The Boys and Girls Club of Kawartha Lakes
Organizer: CAST Canada
Mental health is a key priority for Legal Aid Ontario, including the development of a mental health strategy that will strengthen the capacity of lawyers, front-line workers and management to improve services for people living with mental health issues.
CMHA Ottawa’s efforts to inform government decision-makers about a key financial issue for people with serious mental illness (SMI) has led to results published by Canadian senators.
A Hamilton-Wentworth (HW) Corrections – Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) Working Group that was created last October out of the Hamilton Local Human Services and Justice Coordinating Committee have been busy analysing and following up on results from a recent pilot project.
The Canadian Mental Health Association Grey Bruce Branch has a big reason to celebrate this year. The organization is marking 50 years of serving individuals and their families in Grey and Bruce counties area.