Investing in community-based health care

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Investing in community-based health care

The Mississauga Halton Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) is investing over $2 million new dollars annually in community health care programs to improve care for patients, clients and families in Halton Hills, Milton, Oakville, Mississauga and South Etobicoke.

New annual funding includes investments in one-Link – a single point of access for referrals to 10 addiction and mental health service providers funded by the Mississauga Halton LHIN – that will help clients like Tinyka, “You guys have put me in a better position in life than I was years ago. If it wasn’t for one-Link, I don’t think I’d be alive today,” said Tinyka.

Today’s announcement means that new funding for one-Link will add two additional peer support workers who will help approximately 1000 individuals a year. The Mississauga Halton LHIN is also investing in the expansion of mental health and addiction services for those identified by one-Link as needing high intensity community treatment supports. This service expansion will assist more than 750 individuals a year.

Another significant investment will result in the creation of 30 new spaces within the Mississauga Halton LHIN’s successful Supports for Daily Living Program. This program enables residents with complex needs to access the care they need at home 24/7 through personal support services, so they can live more independently. This also compliments the additional $5,999,700 invested in the Mississauga Halton CCAC announced in July 2016 for the expansion of services for those with complex care needs, as well as the expansion of respite services to support caregivers in need of extra support.

In addition to new annual funding, another $2.8 million will be invested on a one-time basis to improve the patient experience through programs such as:

  1. myhealth365.ca, an online resource that provides people with up-to-date, reliable information to help make decisions on health care needs.
  2. Community addiction liaison to the emergency department (ED), through which individuals and families in the ED are identified by crisis teams and community addiction personnel subsequently provide warm transfers to community addictions and mental health support services and programs.
  3. The Mississauga Halton LHIN Regional Learning Centre to increase access to integral education such as sessions for caregivers that help empower them by teaching necessary skills to support their loved ones.

Investments have been made in alignment with the three key priorities – Access, Capacity and Quality – identified in Mississauga Halton LHIN’s 2016-2019 Integrated Health Service Plan. The strategic plan and priorities reflect the voices of our citizens and what is needed to build a stronger health care system for the people in our local communities.

“Investments in community-based care are critical to the health and well-being of Ontarians, ” commented Kevin Flynn, MPP. “Thanks to new funding from the Ontario government, members of our community will have greater access to the health care supports they need, when they need it most. Our investments have enabled individuals with addictions and mental health care needs to access quality support closer to home and this new funding will make a real difference in the delivery of this care.”

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