The Collaborative Mental Health 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.