The COVID-19 pandemic required a unique response in order to continue mental health and addiction services which are essential. In the North Region of the province, resilience and ingenuity are an everyday requirement as the region represents the majority of the province's land mass and a much smaller population dispersed across it.
In their responses to the pandemic, Northern mental health and addiction service providers built new pathways, created new service options, worked through barriers alongside community partners and found ways to maintain and build connection with clients/patients.
The innovation continues and many providers have made changes with such significant positive impact that they have transformed their service and plan to continue with these changes post-pandemic.
The following resources offer some examples of the ways in which mental health and addiction service providers in Northern Ontario have redesigned their services and formed new partnerships to adapt to the shifting landscape of COVID-19.
Christine Lebert, Regional Manager - Northeast Region
Erin Dunn, Regional Manager - Northwest Region
For more specific information about any of the innovations highlighted, please refer to the contact person(s) listed at the bottom of each resource.
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Regional mental health assessment teamResource | Nov 30, 2021
Boredom busters: Beating boredom through wellnessResource | Jul 5, 2021
Transitions in care: Enhanced community pathways for ED diversionResource | Jun 17, 2021
Psychiatry consults in the communityResource | Nov 29, 2020
Emergency Isolation Centre: An evolving model to support community health and well-beingResource | Nov 23, 2020
Community huddles to maintain community healthResource | Nov 16, 2020
HANDS: Electronic sign-in/sign-out for employee contact tracing and site occupancy trackingResource | Oct 6, 2020
Greenstone CollaborativeResource | Sept 16, 2020
District of Thunder Bay: Rural education and mental health collectiveResource | Aug 31, 2020
Psychiatric outpatient clinic virtual careResource | Aug 17, 2020
Meeting educational and mental health needs, togetherResource | Aug 10, 2020
Virtual waiting room: After-hours clinicResource | Jul 2, 2020
Strategies for engaging with youth remotelyResource | Jun 25, 2020
Educating and supporting families in early psychosis interventionResource | Jun 23, 2020
HANDS: Support staff to work from homeResource | Jun 15, 2020
HANDS: Planning for safe return to face-to-face serviceResource | Jun 15, 2020
HANDS: A brief intensive therapy model to support live-in treatment during COVID-19Resource | Jun 15, 2020
HANDS: Implementing incident management systemResource | Jun 15, 2020
Emergency department mental health clinic: North Bay Regional Health CentreResource | Jun 9, 2020
Drop-in services: Meeting the community where they're atResource | Jun 7, 2020
Thunder Bay isolation and illness shelters: Protecting those most vulnerableResource | Jun 6, 2020
Building connections: Firefly virtual conferenceResource | Jun 5, 2020
Health Sciences North & Monarch Recovery Services: Flex-bed unitResource | Jun 2, 2020
Re-inventing CHOICESResource | May 25, 2020
Noojmowin Teg Health Centre: 365 days of walking the red roadResource | May 22, 2020
Noojmowin Teg Health Centre: Elders social without wallsResource | May 20, 2020
Noojmowin Teg Health Centre: Making COVID masksResource | May 20, 2020
COVID-19 Response: Shifting from walk-in to talk-in therapyResource | May 13, 2020
HANDS: Introducing "Digit", a virtual agentResource | May 10, 2020
Championing access to technology for individuals living in povertyResource | May 8, 2020
COVID-19 release from custody task forceResource | May 1, 2020