Mental Illness and Addiction: Using an integrated approach to improve quality of care

Held May 3, 2016



Did you know?

  • In any given year, 1 in 5 Canadians experiences a mental health or addiction problem.
  • At least 20% of people with a mental illness in Canada also have a substance abuse problem. For people with schizophrenia, that number may be as high as 50%.
  • Although Integrated Care Pathways are common practice elsewhere in healthcare, this approach is new in the coordination of care in mental health and addictions.

Consider this…

People with both mental illness and addiction problems are largely dissatisfied with the care they receive. Although many seek care, they may have trouble navigating the services available to them because those services are disconnected.

Improvement teams at CAMH – the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health – have developed two innovative solutions to the problem of disconnected services.

  • One is an “integrated care pathway” for schizophrenia, designed to ensure that people living with schizophrenia see the right provider, at the right place, and at the right time.
  • The other is an integrated mental health and addiction assessment tool, which aims to improve the co-ordination of care and services, quality of care, and overall client experience.

Both of these innovations were initiated through CAMH’s participation in the EXTRA Program.

Join us!

This interactive and informative On Call session will be hosted by three clinical experts from CAMH and moderated by Stephen Samis, Vice President of Programs at CFHI.

What’s in it for you?

  • Learn about the positive impact that integrated care pathways are making in the lives of those living with schizophrenia and their families.
  • Discover how CAMH’s integrated mental health and addictions assessment tool reduces hospitalization and improves access to care.
  • Gain a new understanding of the full scope of CAMH’s commitment to ongoing improvement, and how evidence is being used to improve the quality of care for CAMH clients.

Meet your presenters

Tracey MacArthur, Senior Vice President and Chief Clinical Officer, CAMH
With more than 20 years of experience in academic health care, Tracey is a results-oriented leader with a diverse background in community care, health care informatics, privacy, and project and operations management. Notably, she was an early leader in standards-based project management, and expanded one of the first health care project management offices in North America. Tracey holds a Bachelor of Psychology (honors) degree from the University of Waterloo and a Masters Certificate in Project Management from the Schulich School of Business at York University. Her current interests include healthcare analytics, quality and safety, and expanded clinical research.

Peter Voore, Medical Director of the Ambulatory Care and Structured Treatments Program, CAMH
As a psychiatrist, Peter has worked in general psychiatry, emergency psychiatry, medical administration and education for more than 25 years. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and an Associate Professor in the U of T Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry, and in 2014 he received the Mary Seeman award for clinical excellence. In his varied roles at CAMH, Peter has worked to improve quality care and patient access to acute care and specialized services, and led the development of Integrated Care Pathways.

April Collins, Executive Director of the Complex Mental Illness Program, CAMH
April has more than 25 years of progressive leadership experience in a variety of operational roles. She believes in a proactive and strategic approach to leadership in healthcare and has a proven track record of building strong teams. In addition to working with Health Quality Ontario, she is currently co-chairing the Mental Health QBP expert panel on schizophrenia. April has been both investigator and co-investigator in a number of clinical trials. As co-director of CAMH’s largest clinical program, April has been leading the design, implementation and evaluation of Integrated Care Pathways across CAMH.


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

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