Balanced Community-Sector Agreements Approved by South West LHIN

    88 community health service providers in the South West LHIN completed
    service accountability agreements as part of new accountability process

    LONDON, ON, April 2 /CNW/ - The South West LHIN Local Health Integration
Network (LHIN) Board of Directors approved the Multi-Sector Service
Accountability Agreements (M-SAAs) of 88 community health service providers
for the fiscal years 2009-10 and 2010-11. The agreements were approved at the
South West LHIN's March 25th Board meeting in Wingham, and represent the
conclusion of a new process for accountability between the LHIN and community
providers. As well, the agreements are another significant milestone in the
evolution of the LHIN's role as a health system manager.
    Previously, community-based providers negotiated annual funding
allocations with the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and signed
operational agreements. That system changed with the establishment of the
province's 14 LHINs by the government of Ontario in 2006. The new M-SAAs are
two-year service accountability agreements signed with the LHIN that commit
providers to several outcomes, including, but not limited to: service volume
levels, performance indicators and balanced budgets.
    For your convenience, the attached Backgrounder has a list of the 88
agencies who have completed agreements with the South West LHIN. For
up-to-date funding amounts for each provider, please visit the South West LHIN


    "These agreements give the LHIN a much more detailed understanding of the
service providers in the LHIN and how they are caring for their clients," says
Michael Barrett, CEO of the South West LHIN. "The process of developing these
agreements has provided another opportunity for greater collaboration with our
community sector partners and will improve the LHIN's ability to build a more
integrated, sustainable health system in the South West."

    "We appreciate all the hard work that went into finalizing these
agreements by service provider leadership and staff. This process shows a real
commitment to working together on improving the health care system," says Norm
Gamble, Chair of the South West LHIN Board of Directors.


    -  Community Mental Health and Addictions (CMH&A) agencies, Community
       Support Service (CSS) agencies, Community Health Centres (CHC) and the
       South West Community Care Access Centre (CCAC) submitted their 2009-11
       Community Annual Planning Submission (CAPS). The CAPS have been
       reviewed in detail by LHIN staff and Multi-Sector Service
       Accountability Agreements (M-SAAs) were drafted and sent to health
       service providers (HSPs) for approval.

    -  The 2009-2011 Multi-Sector Service Accountability Agreement (M-SAA)
       process marks the first budget negotiation between Ontario's 14 LHINs
       and community providers. Signed by the boards of directors of both
       providers and their LHIN, M-SAAs hold providers accountable for
       operating within a balanced budget and maintaining agreed upon service

    -  Ontario's LHINs have an accountability agreement with the Ministry of
       Health and Long-Term Care. For information on the South West LHIN's
       Ministry-LHIN Accountability Agreement, visit the "Accountability"
       section under "About our LHIN" at


           Approved Multi-Sector Service Accountability Agreements

    Community Care Access Centre

    South West Community Care Access Centre

    Community Health Centres

    London Intercommunity Health Centre
    West Elgin Community Health Centre

    Community Mental Health & Addictions

    Addiction Services Of Thames Valley
    Alexandra Hospital
    Alexandra Marine And General Hospital
    Canadian Mental Health Association, Elgin Branch
    Canadian Mental Health Association, Grey Bruce Branch
    Canadian Mental Health Association, Huron Perth Branch
    Canadian Mental Health Association, London-Middlesex Branch
    Canadian Mental Health Association, Oxford County Branch
    Can-Voice Consumer/Survivor Community Support Services
    Choices For Change, Alcohol, Drug And Gambling Counselling Centre
    Family Service Thames Valley - Cmh&A
    G & B House
    Grey Bruce Community Health Corporation
    Grey Bruce Health Services
    Kiikeewanniikaan Healing Lodge (Munsee-Delaware First Nation)
    London Health Sciences Centre
    Mission Services Of London
    Oneida Nation Of The Thames
    Oxford Self-Help Network
    Phoenix Survivors, Perth County
    Psychiatric Survivors Network Of Elgin
    Search Community Mental Health Services
    Southwest Ontario Aboriginal Health Access Centre
    St Joseph's Health Care, London
    Stratford General Hospital
    The Corporation Of The County Of Huron
    The Crest Centre (Meadowcrest) Inc
    Turning Point Incorporated
    Violence Against Women Services, Elgin County
    Western Ontario Therapeutic Community Hostel
    Women's Emergency Centre-Oxford, Inc.
    Women's Shelter, Second Stage Housing And Counselling Services Of Huron
    Woodstock General Hospital

    Community Support Services

    Alzheimer Society of Elgin-St. Thomas
    Alzheimer Society of Grey-Bruce
    Alzheimer Society of Huron County Inc.
    Alzheimer Society of London and Middlesex
    Alzheimer Society of Oxford
    Alzheimer Society of Perth County
    Blue Water Rest Home
    Boys' & Girls' Club of London
    Cheshire Homes of London, Inc.
    Chippewas of Nawash (Cape Croker)
    Community Health Services - Canadian Red Cross, Woodstock Branch
    Corporation of the City of London
    Corporation of the City of St. Thomas - Valleyview Home
    Corporation of the County of Elgin
    Council for London Seniors
    Craigwiel Gardens
    Dale Brain Injury Services Inc.
    Family Services Perth-Huron
    Four Counties Health Services
    Governing Council of the Salvation Army in Canada (The)
    Home and Community Support Services of Grey-Bruce
    Hospice of London Inc.
    Huron Hospice Volunteer Service
    Hutton House Association for Adults with Disabilities
    Ingersoll Services for Seniors
    Knollcrest Lodge Limited
    London Regional AIDS Hospice, O/A John Gordon Home
    McCormick Home for the Aged (Women's Christian Association)
    Meals on Wheels London
    Midwestern Adult Day Services
    Mornington, Ellice and Milverton Wheels to Meals
    North Perth Community Hospice Inc.
    Over 55 (London) Inc.
    Parkwood Hospital Pain & Symptom Management - St. Joseph's Health Care
    Participation House Support Services - London and Area
    Participation Lodge - Grey Bruce
    Ritz Lutheran Villa (Mitchell & Area Community Outreach)
    Sherwood Forest (Trinity) Housing Corporation
    Spruce Lodge Home for the Aged
    St. Joseph's Health Care - Third Age Outreach Program
    St. Mary's & Area Home Support Services
    St. Marys And Area Mobility Service
    Stratford Meals on Wheels and Neighbourly Services
    The Canadian Hearing Society - London Region
    The Canadian National Institute for the Blind - Ont Div - London
    The Governing Council of Salvation Army Canada - London Village
    Tillsonburg & District Multi-Service Centre
    Town and Country Support Services
    Victorian Order of Nurses - Oxford Branch
    Victorian Order of Nurses - Perth-Huron Branch
    Victorian Order of Nurses for Canada - Ontario Branch Grey-Bruce
    Victorian Order of Nurses for Canada - Ontario Branch Middlesex


For further information:

For further information: Matthew Clarke, (519) 672-0445, ext. 2566,; Toll-free: 1-866-294-5446,

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