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Medical Psychiatry Alliance (MPA)

In Ontario, 1.3 million people suffer from co-morbid physical and mental health illness. In many cases, treatment of these patients fails because our health care system is designed to focus on either physical or mental illness but not both at the same time. The Medical Psychiatry Alliance (MPA), the first-of-its-kind in Canada, is a $60 million collaborative partnership dedicated to transforming the delivery of mental health services for these patients.

Supported by The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), The Hospital for Sick Children, Trillium Health Partners (THP) and the University of Toronto (U of T) in conjunction with the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC) and an extraordinarily generous donor, the Alliance is dedicated to transforming the delivery of mental health services for patients who suffer from physical and psychiatric illness or medically unexplained symptoms.

Established in January 2014 through a $60 million grant, the MPA has a six-year mandate. The MPA will create a new model of integrated care supported by a new approach to the education of health professionals and through innovations driven by research.

During this time, the MPA aims to:

  • Improve quality of life and increase life expectancy for those with serious, simultaneous mental and physical illnesses, while reducing the burden of illness on families, the healthcare system and society.
  • Create a new model of clinical care to support patients with co-occurring mental and physical illnesses.
  • Teach current and future health professionals how to prevent, diagnose, and treat mental and physical illness.
  • Deepen our understanding of the interaction between body and brain regarding co-occurring mental and physical illnesses.

For more information, visit the MPA website.