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January 28, 2014

New collaboration will help people with mental and physical illnesses

Hon. Deb Matthews, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, announced today the creation of the Medical Psychiatry Alliance.

The collaborative alliance will receive a total of $60 million in new funding from the Ontario government, SickKids, The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), Trillium Health Partners, the University of Toronto and a private donor.  

Dr. Michael Apkon, President and CEO of SickKids, attended the announcement at CAMH.

"This generous support will make a significant and lasting impact on mental health care in the province. Children with medical and psychiatric illnesses have complex needs that span their development and can negatively impact their academic achievement, social adjustment and family functioning,” Apkon said.

“The Medical Psychiatry Alliance will ensure access to the right level of care, at the right time and place through improved collaboration amongst medical and mental health services within the hospital and greater community. It will ultimately lead to improved quality of life for children and their families."

Read more about the announcement.

The Medical Psychiatry Alliance members will lead the initiative, which will support people across the province over the next six years by:

  • Developing new screening and diagnostic tools to ensure patients are properly diagnosed.
  • Ensuring physical and mental illnesses are treated simultaneously so patients and their families receive the best care available.
  • Developing specialized clinical training for medical students focused on the management of co-occurring physical and mental illness.
  • Creating a simulation centre for students and professionals to learn and test new approaches to treating physical and mental illness using actor patients in realistic scenarios.
  • Researching and testing new ways to deliver psychiatric care at home.