Ontario begins dismantling local health integration system

Ontario has started dismantling the LHIN (local health integration network) system, abruptly revoking appointments of board members and warning that executives are next.

The 14 LHIN boards of directors have been replaced by a 12-person Ontario Health Agency board that was appointed last week. Unlike LHIN boards, the new super agency board of directors is not required to meet in public. It held its inaugural meeting earlier this week behind closed doors, raising concerns about transparency at a time of seismic shifts in the way health care is delivered in the province.

The moves are part of a major health system shakeup announced by the province earlier this month.

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Minister’s Patient and Family Advisory Council Releases Declaration of Values

Minister of Health, Christine Elliott, who announced sweeping reform to Ontario’s Health System last week, was in Ottawa Friday to release a “patient declaration of values” for Ontario. That declaration, which calls for a greater role for patients and their families in care decisions, greater transparency and engagement, will help direct changes to the way health care is delivered across the province.

To read the Press Release click here


Study Investigates Potential Brain-Based Biomarker for Schizophrenia

Dr. Clifford Cassidy, a scientist at The Royal’s Institute of Mental Health Research, is part of a research team that has discovered a potentially ground-breaking new way to diagnose schizophrenia. Learn More

Click here to read the official press release from the National Institute of Mental Health.


 Quality Standards for Anxiety Disorders and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder 

Health Quality Ontario has just posted draft quality standards for two mental illnesses that are chronically under diagnosed and under treated in Canada.

These quality standards outline what quality care looks like for people living with an anxiety disorder or obsessive-compulsive disorder. It is based on the best evidence, along with input from clinicians, patients and caregivers with lived experience.

Accompanying the standard is a patient guide to help people ask questions and have informed discussions with their health care providers.

Health Quality Ontario welcomes your feedback on both! Click on the links below to share your insight. Please share your feedback by March 18, 2019.

Anxiety Disorders    Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders