Mental Health Demonstration Project

The Ontario Mental Health Demonstration Project/Telemental Health Initiative provides community based, non-residential activities and services to individuals and families dealing with mental health issues. The services are culturally appropriate, culturally competent and complement and link to existing services or programs that continue to build service capacity at the community level. An important component of the program is the use of video-conferencing. It allows for the timely delivery of Mental Health Assessments and increases access to psychiatric care in communities where care is not available or wait times are prolonged.

One of the Project partnerships is between the MNO and Providence Care Centre (PCC) in Kingston, Ontario. The agreement between the two includes the provision of clinical services to Métis citizens and families and increased access to Mental Health Professionals. The agreement also includes provisions for PCC to provide training to the MNO Health Branch. The agreement will also facilitate research on Métis Mental Health and will help to identify Best Practices in this area.

The range of services and programming available to those coping with mental health issues through the Demonstration Project includes screening and assessment, intake, early intervention, referrals, case management and aftercare (post-treatment) support using contemporary and traditional therapeutic interventions, such as healing circles and individual/group counselling. Mental wellness promotion and peer support, both integral to the delivery of a comprehensive Mental Health program are also available.

Although the Project was developed for Métis people and family members throughout the province, the services are available to all Aboriginal people in Fort Frances, Kenora, Dryden, Thunder Bay, Timmins, Sault Ste. Marie, Sudbury, North Bay, Midland/Port McNicol, Bancroft/ Maynooth, Ottawa, Hamilton and Windsor. There is a plan to add service in other communities in the near future.