Collaborative Mental Health Network

The Collaborative Mental Health Network (CMHN) links family physicians from across the province with GP Psychotherapist and Psychiatrist Mentors in collaborative relationships to facilitate access to case-by-case support and ongoing continuing professional development. The Network was established in 2001 following a grant from the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.

Based on a needs assessment of members, the OCFP recognized that family doctors were challenged in accessing psychiatric consultations for their patients, and that there was a need for access to information, guidance and advice.

By participating in the CMHN, Mentees may contact Mentors on an informal basis, through telephone, email and fax, for guidance and support. Formal continuing professional development (CPD) workshops, small group teleconferences and sessions take place regularly in order to foster group cohesion. Advice in the areas of diagnosis, psychotherapy and pharmacology is provided to mentees.

Please note this is not a referral service.

CMHN and MMAP Steering Committee Co-Chairs:

  • Dr. Arun Radhakrishnan – Ottawa
  • Dr. Jon Hunter – Toronto

The CMHN's Mission, Vision and Goals

Mission

To provide mentoring support and education that enhances the capacity of family physicians to provide comprehensive, quality care to patients with complex conditions involving mental illness, addictions or pain.

Vision

Family physicians providing outstanding care for people with mental illness, addictions or pain.

Goals

To enhance the quality of mental health, addictions and pain by primary care physicians through:

  • Supporting the provision of mental health, addictions and pain care services.
  • Enhancing relevant knowledge, skills and attitudes of family physicians.
  • Practical and focused CME for family physicians based on learning needs.
  • Increasing the number of primary care providers who feel supported to manage mental health, addictions and pain patients.
  • Improving collaborations between specialist and family physicians.
  • Advocating for physicians who provide care for people with mental illness, addictions and pain.
The OCFP’s Collaborative Mentoring Networks receive financial support from the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. The views expressed are those of the OCFP and do not necessarily reflect those of the funder.