On Call Innovation Conversation

A New Reality, a New Way: Treating major depression and alcohol dependence together

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Un service d'interprétation simultanée en français sera offert pour cette séance.




Did you know?

  • Nearly 30,000 Ontarians a year live with both depression and alcohol use disorder.
  • Often, these patients are treated at different times and by separate providers, with no coordinated plan for how to get better.
  • When the two conditions are treated separately, they can rekindle each other and lead to poor results.

Consider this …

The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health – CAMH – has developed Integrated Care Pathway for Major Depression and Alcohol Dependence, (DA VINCI), a new evidence-based approach that treats both depression and alcohol use disorder at the same time. 

With this model, participants receive scheduled treatments over a 16-week outpatient program. Integrated treatment delivered by a clinical team consisting of ‒ a physician/prescriber and a therapist  – working collaboratively to provide care. 

In 2015 the DA VINCI project was a recipient of the ARTIC Grant funded by Health Quality Ontario (HQO) and the Council of Academic Hospitals of Ontario (CAHO).  This project involves scaling up DA VINCI at eight sites across Ontario. Results so far are encouraging: patients are fully engaged—with a 90% retention rate—and evaluations show that outcomes have improved using the DA VINCI model, compared to treatment as usual. The DA VINCI model has also been recognized as a leading practice (2015) by Accreditation Canada.

Be part of the conversation!

This interactive On Call session will be presented by the DA VINCI team from CAMH and hosted by Stephen Samis, CFHI’s Vice President of Programs.

Join us to learn:

  • Why care pathways are so effective in improving coordination of care for complex and at-risk populations.
  • How the DA VINCI approach can be adapted in various health settings, why it’s resonating with providers and patients, and how staff are being trained.
  • How this successful interdisciplinary partnership model is spreading across Ontario, and improving the care experience and health outcomes for clients and families.


Tracey MacArthur PhotoTracey MacArthur, Senior Vice President and Chief Clinical Officer, CAMH
With more than 20 years of experience in academic health care, Ms. MacArthur is a results- oriented leader and visionary. She was an early leader in standards-based project management and led the largest single Cerner implementation in Canada. She also pioneered numerous regional initiatives to drive health system integration in referral management, imaging and electronic health records.

Prior to her roles at CAMH, Ms. MacArthur held positions within government, consulting, community and acute care. She has been Executive Director, Shared Information Management Services (SIMS) at the University Health Network, and has held Board and leadership roles in the areas of quality of care, community integration and privacy. Her current interests include healthcare analytics, quality and safety and expanded clinical research.

Andriy Samokhvalov PhotoDr. Andriy V. Samokhvalov, MD, PhD, Psychiatrist/Clinician-Scientist, CAMH
Dr. Samokhvalov has an excellent track record of implementation activities that include the use of new treatment approaches in his clinical practice, and has taken an active part in developing CAMH’s Integrated Care Pathway for Major Depressive Disorder and Alcohol Dependence. With more than 12 years of clinical experience as a psychiatrist in Canada and internationally, Dr. Samokhvalov has been a principal investigator, co-investigator, collaborator and consultant on multiple research projects and grant proposals, and authored 63 published works with the main focus on addictions and concurrent disorders. In 2014 Dr. Samokhvalov was the recipient of the Physician of Year Award at CAMH.

Saima Awan PhotoSaima Awan, MBA    Director, Integrated Care Pathways Program, CAMH
In her current role, Ms. Awan has designed and developed integrated care pathways for mental health and addictions, internally at CAMH and externally at other health settings. This work has been recognized by peer hospitals and provincial health agencies, and in 2016 the CAMH Integrated Care Pathways Program received the Award of Excellence in Mental Health and Quality Improvement from the Canadian College of Health Leaders. Ms. Awan has built internal and external collaborations with clinical programs, research, and education, and works closely with clinical leadership, managers, frontline clinicians and physicians. She holds certifications in LEAN/Six Sigma Black Belt, project management, and quality improvement. Ms. Awan serves on a number of hospital committees and is a champion for integrating care.


Stephen Samis PhotoStephen Samis, Vice-President, Programs, CFHI

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