The North Simcoe Muskoka Local Health Integration Network (NSM LHIN) has announced over $5 million in community health care investments for 2016-2017.
These investments recognize the important and essential role that community health service providers play in the North Simcoe Muskoka health system.
Investments are being made for initiatives or programs such as:
- Expanding and increasing the consistency in service provision for all North Simcoe Muskoka Community Care Access Centre clients
- Providing caregivers with often needed respite support such as personal support hours
- Equitable access for identified cultural communities
“The NSM LHIN is committed to enhancing the services our residents receive not just in hospital but in their homes and communities as well”, notes Jill Tettmann, CEO, North Simcoe Muskoka LHIN. “This funding is a welcome addition to many community health service providers’ funding envelopes, enabling them to either increase services they’re currently providing or offer them on a first time basis. The LHIN continues to focus our work on achieving equitable access to care, as close to home as possible.”
This investment delivers patient care in response to the distinct local needs in the NSM LHIN. The NSM LHIN harnesses local expertise to plan, coordinate and finance health care through provincial funding and in partnership with local health service providers. This investment supports the commitments made in Patients First: A Roadmap to Strengthen Home and Community Care, Ontario’s plan to improve and expand home and community care, and is part of Ontario’s commitment to increase investment for that sector by more than $750 million over three years.
The linked NSM LHIN Investments Table identifies which organizations will be receiving funding, the project or initiative, funding amount and identification whether it is base (ongoing) funding or one-time funding.
- Respite funding will support informal caregivers who provide care for individuals who can’t be left alone, such as adults at end-of-life, medically complex children, or frail seniors.
- NSM LHIN funded telemedicine programs delivered 10,689 clinical events in 2014-15 for patients and clients and increased by 33% in 2015-16 to 14,211 clinical events.
- Over the past four years, Assertive Community Treatment services in Barrie have decreased hospital admissions for those with severe and persistent mental illness by over 85%, also decreasing the average length of stay in hospital by over 90%.