A new Northern Telepsychiatry Program is now available that will link psychiatrists to Family Health Teams in the North East Local Health Integration Network (LHIN). The program creates a collaborative care model for both providers and patients, and aims to increase Northerners’ access to mental health care across the region.
Each Family Health Team will be linked to a dedicated psychiatrist at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) by the Ontario Telemedicine Network (OTN). CAMH psychiatrists will spend on average a half-day with their respective team every two weeks – supporting the primary care team members with their clinical questions, as well as providing consults with patients.
This program builds on successful pilots started at Superior Family Health Team in Sault Ste. Marie, the East End Family Health Team in South Porcupine and the Great Northern Family Health Team in New Liskeard. During the expansion phase of this project, five more Family Health Teams will be linked to psychiatric care. There are 27 Family Health Teams in the North East LHIN serving about 156,300 patients.
More information on the program is available at the CAMH website..