SOUTH WEST LHIN BOARD OF DIRECTORS ALLOWS MENTAL HEALTH TIER TWO DIVESTMENT TO MOVE FORWARD

TORONTO, April 27 /CNW/ -

NEWS

 

The South West LHIN Board of Directors supported a proposed integration of mental health beds and services between St. Joseph's Health Care (SJHC) London and Windsor Regional Hospital, St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton, and St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital (STEGH). The proposed integration is part of the recommendations made by the Health Services Restructuring Commission in 1997 and allows people to receive mental health care closer to home.

At its meeting today, the South West LHIN Board supported the integration initiative, provided specific requirements are be met by all parties, including:

  • Amendment of the current Hospital Service Accountability Agreement (H-SAA) between the South West LHIN and SJHC London to include the following obligations:

    • to submit a separate transfer agreement for the divestment to each receiving hospital that is acceptable to both the South West LHIN and the LHIN in which the receiving hospital is located;

    • to work with STEGH to ensure the completion of a contingency plan for the divestment of beds and services to STEGH to mitigate risks associated with capital building and service readiness;

    • to report quarterly or more frequently as required to the South West LHIN the progress of each phase of the integration; and

The South West LHIN Board of Directors also approved the phased reduction of 70 in-patient beds from SJHC Regional Mental Health Care (RMHC) London and has requested additional amendments to the H-SAA directing the SJHC to do the following:

  • Work in partnership with community partners to create individualized, appropriate and sustainable transition and discharge plans providing safe and secure placement of all patients impacted by the phased reduction of 70 in-patient beds over the next three years. In order to facilitate this reduction, $2.9 million in base funding in fiscal 2010/11 will be placed in a reserve account to support the 70 beds through the reduction period. Any funds not used while the reduction plan is implemented will be held in reserve for reallocation by the South West LHIN in support of community services and programs.

  • Establish transfer protocols with community organizations identified as receiving organizations outlining roles and responsibilities related to the support of patients through transition.

The South West LHIN Board has also requested that the South West LHIN staff provide regular reports to the Board regarding the status of mental health realignment implementation in the South West LHIN.

QUOTES

"The Board was given several opportunities to hear from the parties involved, ask detailed questions and/or request additional information. Because of this, I am confident that the integration can move forward with the appropriate checks and balances in place." - Jeff Low, Chair, South West LHIN Board of Directors.

"Amending the Hospital Service Accountability Agreement, which is publicly available, will ensure that the integration is done with full disclosure and transparency. In addition, with all our Board meetings open to the public, the community can keep fully informed through the regular progress reports that will be presented to the Board." - Michael Barrett, Chief Executive Officer, South West LHIN.

QUICK FACTS

Mental Health Tier 2 Divestment involves two components.

  1. The phased Divestment of Beds and Services as follows:

    • Phase 1: Transfer of 50 beds, 1 Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) Team and 1 Transition Team to Grand River Hospital. This was completed in December 2010

    • Phase 2: Transfer of 59 beds and 3 ACT Teams to Windsor Regional Hospital in the fall of 2011

    • Phase 3: Transfer of 14 beds and Simcoe Clinic Resources to St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton in 2013/2014

    • Phase 4: Transfer of 15 beds and the Crisis and Relapse Prevention Services to St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital

    • Phase 5: 156 longer-term mental health beds and 89 forensic mental health beds relocated to new facilities within SJHC-RMHC in 2013/14. The 156 London-based longer-term mental health beds, currently under construction at Parkwood Hospital in London are to serve Elgin, Oxford, Middlesex, Lambton, Huron Perth and Grey Bruce for longer term for psychosis, mood and anxiety, dual diagnosis, adolescent, geriatrics, along with various ambulatory services.  The 89 forensic mental health beds, also under construction,  will be located in St. Thomas and are a provincial resource.


  2. An overall reduction of 70 longer- term mental health in-patient beds resulting in a new per capita bed ratio reflective of the changing direction of mental health care from institutionalized care to care and service in the community.  In parallel to the reduction of beds, there will be investment in the community to increase community capacity to provide care and support to individuals in the community.
     



 

 

SOURCE South West Local Health Integration Network

For further information:

Annabelle Mackey 
519 672-0445, ext. 2573 
annabelle.mackey@lhins.on.ca






 


Matthew Clarke 
519 672-0445, ext. 2566 
matthew.clarke@lhins.on.ca
           
Toll-free: 1 866 294-5446
www.southwestlhin.on.ca

 

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