Collaborative Mental Health Network

The Collaborative Mental Health Care Network links family physicians from across the province with a GP Psychotherapist and Psychiatrist mentor in a collaborative relationship to support easy access to case-by-case support and ongoing continuing professional development regarding mental health care. The program is supported by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.The Network was established in 2001 following the awarding of a grant from the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care. Click here to view the grant proposal Enhancing Mental Health Services Proposal.

 The OCFP conducted a needs assessment of its members and recognized that family doctors were experiencing great difficulties in accessing psychiatric consultations for their patients. Needs assessment results indicated that assessment and treatment of patients with psychiatric problems were stressful in the absense of access to information, guidance and advice.

 The CMHCN connects family doctor mentees to psychiatrist and GP-Psychotherapist mentors through telephone, email and fax. Mentees may contact their mentors on an informal basis for guidance and support. Formal CME workshops, small group teleconferences and sessions take place regularly in order to foster group cohesion. These tools help to support and augment the case by case mentoring program. Advice in the areas of diagnosis, psychotherapy and pharmacology is provided to mentees. Mentees are matched with mentors based on clinical interests and/or geographic location. Please note this is not a referral service.

Steering Committee

  • Dr. Patricia Rockman, Co Chair
  • Dr. Ty Turner, Co-Chair
    • Dr. Claudette Chase
    • Dr. Sharon Cirone
    • Dr. Michael Cord
    • Dr. Jon Hunter
    • Dr. Brett Jamieson
    • Dr. Mruna Shah
    • Dr. Jose Silveira,
    • Dr. Mireille St. Jean
    • Dr. Spencer A. Tighe
    • Dr. David Gotlib

Evaluation

The Collaborative Mental Health Care Network has recently completed an evaluation of Years One to Three. The research indicates that the combination of just-in-time input from mentors and formal CME activities have really made a difference. Participants reported increased knowledge and skills and greater confidence in their ability to care for patients with complex mental illnesses; however, the most significant outcomes on all variables was seen in those who used all aspects of the program including reliance on their mentors. 

According to the results of our pre and post implementation surveys and focus groups, participants who more heavily utilize their mentors (i.e. high utilizers) have increased confidence in mental health management. High utilizers have decreased their use of specialists face to face and are relying more heavily on requests for help using telephone and email, an efficient and cost effective trend.

Small group meetings have been implemented on a regular basis to ensure ongoing mentor/mentee contact and to increase rapport between family physicians and psychiatrists/GP Psychotherapists. Participants report that access to mentors and the increased knowledge and skills acquired through CME activities have decreased the time interval to optimal treatment and amelioration of symptoms for patients. To view the report(s) submitted to the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care, click here.

For further information, or to learn how to join the program, click here for our brochure, or contact
Ms. Eilyn Rodriguez,
Chief Operating Officer
416-867-9646 Ext: 24.