Durham Mental Health Services (DMHS) and Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences (Ontario Shores) have a rich history of providing vital mental health services in the community.
As the demand for coordinated, accessible and exemplary care continues to increase, the Boards of both organizations fully support DMHS and Ontario Shores exploring opportunities for greater collaboration to enhance mental health care services in the region.
This could result in a number of options such as remaining collaborative partners with stand-alone organizations, deepening partnerships in operational functions, up to an amalgamated organization with a single operational and governance structure that respects the collective tradition and excellence of both organizations.
“Durham Mental Health Services provides a vital role in the delivery of much needed mental health services in our community,” says Karim Mamdani, President and CEO, Ontario Shores. “We look forward to our continued collaboration with DMHS as we look to collectively identify opportunities to advance care for our current and future clients.”
Both organizations have worked closely together to support the mental health needs in the region and have a proven track record of delivering client-centred, evidence-based care. These include housing initiatives, clinical collaborations to support the continuum of care, and education and awareness events.
“This is a collaborative process between both organizations where we will look to leverage each other’s strengths and expertise to enhance the mental health care system,” says Rob Adams, President and CEO, DMHS. “Through this process we will seek input from clients, staff and partners to ensure their perspectives have been shared as we prepare for future collaborative opportunities.”
This work will begin right away with the goal of providing a recommendation and possible implementation plan to their respective boards later this fall.
For those who would like to share feedback, please visit the websites of each organization to submit comments.
About Durham Mental Health Services
Durham Mental Health Services is a community based not-for-profit agency that provides mental health supports and services to individuals and families in Durham Region. Services include Community Support, Housing Programs, Crisis Response, Seniors Support, Peer and Family Support and Justice Initiatives.
About Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences:
Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences (Ontario Shores) is a leader in mental health care, providing a range of specialized assessment and treatment services for people living with complex mental illness. Patients benefit from a recovery-oriented environment of care, built on compassion, inspiration and hope. Ontario Shores engages in research, education and advocacy initiatives to advance the mental health care system.
For more information, please contact:
Director, Communications, Volunteer Services and CEOD
Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences
905.430.4055 ext. 6581