Over the past several years, ConnexOntario has reached out and formed various initiatives with key stakeholders in the education, justice, and health sectors.
Bridging the child/youth and adult mental health systems, ConnexOntario has collected information on more than 700 on-and-off campus mental health programs available to Ontario's postsecondary students. ConnexOntario is also involved in several key initiatives aimed at the postsecondary education sector including the Good2Talk Helpline, the CICMH initiative, and the For Students, by Students mobile application project.
ConnexOntario, along with various partners, is involved in an initiative to create a service to address the addiction and mental health concerns of Ontario's postsecondary student population. This service will address current service gaps for students through innovation, information, engagement, and education and support postsecondary providers with information on services throughout Ontario. Read More
Operated by four partners including: ConnexOntario, Kids Help Phone, Ontario 211 and the Ontario Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health; Good2Talk is a toll-free, and confidential helpline funded by the Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities. Good2Talk offers Ontario's postsecondary students professional counselling, mental health and addictions information, and connections to local resources. The Good2Talk services are available to students 24/7/365, in both English and French.
In addition to providing students with information regarding on-campus supports (from financial aid offices and sexual health centres, to ombudsman and counselling offices), Good2Talk is able to provide referrals to hundreds of off-campus services, including mental health and addiction services, housing supports, and legal and community health services.
ConnexOntario and Good2Talk are integrated: ConnexOntario provides the information and referral component, ensuring that accurate and timely information regarding mental health and addiction programs and services that can be accessed in Ontario.
ConnexOntario's full-service, browser-based extranet application, eServices, was released in 2007. eServices allows organizations to view and print their organization, site and program details; update service availability and organization information; run reports detailing referrals to programs and the profile of individuals referred to their organization; and access tools designed to retrieve additional information about services throughout the province.
ConnexOntario is an important contributor to the Erie St. Clair LHIN's most recent Integrated Health Service Plan (IHSP). The Plan is to provide a health system navigation solution, and to support a coordinated access function to the LHIN-funded services in that area.
A key component of that work is the development of tools such as acute mental-health bed availability tracking, and the offering of other key information such as placement goals and alternative levels of care required by individual occupying the beds.
Currently, Chatham/Kent Health Alliance, Bluewater Health, and Hotel Dieu are participating in the tracking of acute Inpatient mental health beds.
Through the Windsor Regional Hospital, Maryvale Adolescent and Family Services provides child and adolescent mental health beds, and offers psychiatric social work, psychological assessments, and crisis stabilization for adolescents experiencing significant emotional and psychiatric distress. The average length of stay ranges from a few days to four-to-six weeks, but is always dependent on need of the child/adolescent, as determined by the child psychiatrist team.
Children and adolescents present at one of the local emergency rooms in emotional, behavioural, or psychiatric crisis, and are assessed by the crisis team who consult with an on-call child psychiatrist regarding possible admission to one of the child and adolescent mental health beds located at Maryvale.
The availability dashboard can then provide real-time information regarding the child and adolescent beds at Maryvale, and can be used to accept clients. The Bed-Availability Dashboard has been developed with a provincial scope in mind.
The Ontario Provincial Forensic Bed Registry is a secure, private application developed to improve access to the forensic mental health system for those awaiting assessment and long-term care, and those who are admitted into the provincial forensic hospital system. ConnexOntario operates and hosts the Registry, which was re-developed and launched on April 1, 2008.
In February 2010, the provincial Community Health Centre Executive Director Network (ED Network) determined that the Association of Ontario Health Centres (AOHC) was to act as the information management system host agency for the Community Health Centre (CHC) sector.
ConnexOntario subsequently partnered with the AOHC and provincial CHCs to provide a secure Business Intelligence environment for the CHCs to transfer CHC Sector Data from Operational Systems to a centralized repository. This has enabled CHCs and other CHC stakeholders to perform analysis, and research and evaluation of CHC programs and services.
A quarterly report that is sent to Local Health Integrated Network (LHIN) representatives to provide them with addiction and mental health compliance and wait-time summary information about the organizations located in their LHIN.
In early 2009, ConnexOntario, at the request of the MOHLTC, began hosting this website that is a convenient, no-cost place for employers in the mental health sector to post vacant positions. As well, individuals seeking employment in the sector are able to post their résumés and review available job postings.
The Fast Access to Community Experts (FACE) initiative allows those contacting ConnexOntario, and who reside in the Erie St. Clair LHIN, the opportunity to receive a booking into an initial screening appointment within 48 hours of their contact with ConnexOntario.