The Council, with a three year term, is advising the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care on the cross-sectoral implementation of Ontario’s Comprehensive Mental Health and Addictions Strategy. The Council will provide advice on the Strategy’s investments, promote collaboration across sectors and report annually on the Strategy’s progress.

 

The Council has created four working groups to develop advice to government on how to address challenges in the system.

The working groups are focusing on four themes.

 
 
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Supportive Housing

Provide advice on how best to expand access to appropriate housing and supports for Ontarians experiencing mental illness and/or addictions. The four priority areas for this working group are:

 
  • Expert advice;
  • Strategic leadership;
  • Supply and supportive housing stock; and
  • Awareness.

System Alignment & Capacity

Provide expert advice on a range of system-level issues of varied scope and impact. The priority areas for this working group are:

 
  • Core mental health and addictions services;
  • Data and performance measurement;
  • Quality improvement;
  • Primary health care;
  • Justice; and
  • Structural barriers.

Prevention, Promotion and Early Intervention

Provide expert advice to inform the Government’s approach to promoting mental well-being, preventing mental illness and addiction, and intervening early for Ontarians experiencing the onset of mental illness and/or addiction. The four priority areas for this working group are:

 
  • Advocacy for upstream impact;
  • Enhancement of quality and coherence;
  • Capacity building;
  • Awareness.

Youth Mental Health and Addictions

Provide expert advice to inform the Government’s approach to delivering services and supports to youth with mental health and addictions. The three priority areas for this working group are:

 
  • System planning and coordination;
  • Options to improve design and delivery; and
  • Expert advice.

"By acting together, we can transform services
so that all Ontarians have timely access to an integrated system of coordinated and effective promotion,
prevention, early intervention, and community support
and treatment programs."

— Open Minds, Healthy Minds, p. 4