HNHB LHIN Mental Health and Addictions Advisory Committee

The HNHB LHIN Mental Health and Addictions Advisory Committee works to improve access to mental health and addictions services and transitions in service throughout the continuum of care, improve people’s experience with the health care system, and contribute to the sustainability of the health care system.

The Committee provides advice and recommendations to the LHIN including actions and activities to develop and strengthen a person-centred, integrated and coordinated system of mental health and addictions services across the LHIN.

The Committee aims to provide patient-centred outcomes based on a foundation of involved and supported primary care. The Committee provides collaborative leadership to advance standardization, education, coordination and continuous quality improvement across all sectors within the LHIN, based on best practice and in alignment with LHIN and provincial priorities.


The Mental Health and Addictions Advisory Committee, which was established in December 2016 based on a previously established group, includes representation from a broad range of cross-sector stakeholders including health service providers and provincial government ministries.

The Committee, led by St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton, includes representation from the LHIN, hospitals with inpatient mental health beds, community mental health and addictions agencies, government ministries, physician specialists and primary care. The Committee will also include persons with lived experience, and will work as needed with the LHIN’s Emergency Services Steering Committee (ESSC), Health Links, Public Health, and McMaster University.

2016-18 Action Plan

The HNHB LHIN Mental Health and Addictions Advisory Committee has identified the following action items for 2016-18:

  • Identify core mental health and addictions services to be available at the local, sub-region and LHIN levels
  • Develop and implement an anti-stigma strategy for health service providers
  • Improve access to adult and paediatric inpatient mental health beds
  • Improve the coordination of care for individuals who repeatedly visit the emergency department for mental health and addictions issues by identifying and addressing contributing factors
  • Improve access to supportive housing

Through 2016-18, the Committee will continue to advance action items identified by the previously established group:

  • Develop a concurrent disorders capacity building strategy
  • Develop an early intervention service delivery model
  • Enhance crisis outreach and support services
  • Complete a review of opportunities within the current community system to address the care needs of individuals with extended stays in inpatient mental health beds
  • Improve transitions for children and youth to adult mental health and addictions services

Addictions Knowledge Exchange Event  

On April 27, 2018, the HNHB LHIN hosted a one-day event, bringing together a wide range of partners, to co-design an action plan for Addiction services, in alignment with the LHIN's strategic objectives for Mental Health and Addictions (MHA) services, the Health Links Model of Care scale and spread plan, and the learnings gleaned from our 2017 Addiction services value-stream mapping exercise.

New Addictions Knowledge Exchange Event Materials

Semi-Annual Bulletins

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