The Ontario Mental Health and Addictions Virtual Care Collaborative (the Collaborative) is a community of practice for virtual mental health and addictions service providers in Ontario. We work to identify practical solutions and the best evidence to guide virtual care across the province.
The Collaborative shares evidence with the healthcare system in a number of areas, including:
- current virtual care practices
- health equity and lived experience (as it relates to virtual care)
- equipment, connectivity, and platforms
- training on virtual care.
Currently, the Collaborative is coordinating a webinar series, as well as developing and sharing resources on virtual care. You can find the Collaborative’s resources and webinars under the “related resources, news, and events” heading further down this page.
In spring 2020, healthcare organizations implemented virtual care rapidly in response to the pandemic. At that time, several partners from across Ontario formed this Collaborative to support the mental health and addictions sector as it pivoted towards virtual services. The Collaborative was guided by a similar initiative in Ontario’s Champlain Region.
The Collaborative’s membership includes a diverse range of stakeholders from the mental health and addictions sector in Ontario. Members share an interest in the successful implementation of virtual care and are dedicated to addressing health equity and to closing the digital divide.
Our co-chairs are Christine Lebert from the Provincial System Support Program at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health and Purnima Sundar from the Knowledge Institute on Child and Youth Mental Health and Addictions.
In addition to the Collaborative’s resources under the “related resources, news, and events” heading below, you can learn more about virtual care delivery on the following sites:
- Virtual care resources from The Knowledge Institute on Child and Youth Mental Health and Addictions
- CAMH’s Digital and AI Mental Health Certificate
Related resources, news, and events
Success Stories in Action: A digital front door makes addiction medicine more accessibleResource | Mar 30, 2022
Success Stories in Action: Yet Keen Seniors’ Day CentreResource | Jan 26, 2022
Success Stories in Action: Our virtual world toolkitResource | Jan 19, 2022
Success Stories in Action: Championing access to technology for individuals living in povertyResource | Jan 12, 2022
Success Stories in Action: Highlighting organizations who are working to reduce the digital divideNews | Jan 12, 2022
Webinar recording: Ensuring no one is left behind: The Virtual Care Equity MatrixResource | Dec 3, 2021
The Ontario Internet Access MapNews | Nov 26, 2021
Webinar recording: Bringing high-speed internet connections to underserved communitiesResource | Nov 23, 2021
Webinar recording: How to serve Francophones at their most vulnerable timesResource | Sept 26, 2021
Webinar: How to serve Francophones at their most vulnerable timesEvent | Aug 24, 2021
Virtual care equity matrix: No one is left behindResource | Jun 3, 2021
Research Snapshot: Use of asynchronous virtual mental health resourcesResource | Apr 26, 2021
Research Snapshot: Finding digital mental health tools during the pandemic: A synthesis of resourcesResource | Dec 1, 2020
Summary: New clinical guide offers tips on how to deliver virtual careResource | Nov 6, 2020
Webinar recording: Finding digital mental health tools during the pandemicResource | Oct 28, 2020
Summary: Toolkit for e-mental health implementationResource | Sept 28, 2020
Evidence brief: Virtual and remote mental health care for older adultsResource | Jul 30, 2020
Summary: Addressing the health equity impacts of virtual careResource | Jul 27, 2020