Who is the Central Ontario Specialized Health Network?
We are a Network of Agencies, Clients, Families and Care Partners with expert knowledge, unique skills and experience in caring for people with highly complex needs with a lens of trauma, mental health and addictions, senior’s health and palliative care services.
What is an Ontario Health Team?
Ontario Health Teams are a new way of organizing and delivering care in Ontario. Under OHTs, health care agencies come together to form one team that works to better connect and integrate care for people and their families. More integrated care means better health outcomes, seamless transitions and easier access to the care you need, when you need it.
OHTs were introduced by the government of Ontario as part of the health care system reform under the new Connecting Care Act. The Act also created Ontario Health, a new provincial agency that will provide broad oversight to the health-care system.
We are committed to collaborating among our partner agencies to better integrate services and to work with local Ontario Health Team’s (OHT’s) to build capacity for a full continuum of services and ensure access to specialized services.
The Alzheimer Society of Simcoe County is a registered charity whose mission is to improve the quality of life for persons living with Alzheimer's disease and other dementias, and care partners.
The Alzheimer Society provides support services, education, social programs, and research support.
As a leading community-based mental health agency, CMHA Simcoe County is committed to providing services and supports for individuals experiencing mental health and addiction issues, including problem gambling, in Simcoe County. CMHA Simcoe County supports individuals’ choice and recovery through a broad range of services and supports in the community as well as a variety of social, educational, vocational, rehabilitation, specialized and internal programs. We serve all members of our diverse community, including those of different race, culture, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, ability and age.
The County of Simcoe provides a broad range of long-term care and seniors services to residents living throughout the region, supporting more than 1,000 seniors. They include four long-term care homes accredited with “Exemplary Standing” by Accreditation Canada, supportive housing, retirement living, assisted living, affordable housing, life lease suites and garden homes, adult day programming, and an entire suite of home support services.
County of Simcoe Paramedic Services provide land ambulance services at a Primary Care Paramedic and Advanced Care Paramedic level of service. Additional projects include training programs, public education, Public Access Defibrillator, and Community Paramedicine programs.
The County of Simcoe also provides strategic funding to other community-impacting services, including the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit, and a $107 million funding commitment to the Simcoe County Hospital Alliance between 1994 - 2030.
Hands The Family Help Network helps children, youth, families, and adults by providing professional client-centered services in the areas of: autism, developmental services, child and youth mental health, justice services, and navigation supports. Hands helps families with a child or youth who have mental health concerns, autism, and developmental disabilities. Hands also works with adults who have a developmental disability and their families to provide specialized assessments and treatment, and to connect them to resources and supports in the community.
Mamaway Wiidokdaadwin is an Indigenous governed Primary Care team that delivers culturally safe health care at two clinics in Barrie and Orillia for First Nation, Métis and Inuit families and individuals in our region. Services include primary health care, mental health and addiction services, health promotion, life promotion programming and traditional healing services, including land-based activities. Primary health care is also provided at Beausoleil First Nation, and part-time at Rama First Nation in partnership with these communities. Working under the umbrella of the Barrie Area Native Advisory Circle, Mamaway Wiidokdaadwin provides collaborative care which honours Indigenous health practices
New Path Youth & Family Services of Simcoe County is a registered not for profit charitable organization. We are an accredited children’s mental health agency providing a range of innovative and timely services for children, youth and their families. We are the Lead Agency in Simcoe County working to plan for and integrate child and youth mental health services across Simcoe County.
Fully-funded child and youth mental health services, including call-in clinics, in-person, and virtual counselling, are offered across Simcoe County in Alliston, Barrie, Bradford, Cookstown, Collingwood, Midland and Orillia.
North Simcoe Muskoka Hospice Palliative Care Network (NSMHPCN) is committed to providing dedicated, compassionate, holistic palliative approach to care for all. The team consists of Hospice Palliative Nurse Consultants, a Social Worker and Bereavement Services Coordinator who provide support to those living with a life limiting illness while focusing on respect, collaboration, inclusivity and integrity. NSMHPCN also provides educational opportunities and in-service presentations to other healthcare providers within the region through a wide range of workshops and conferences.
North Simcoe Muskoka Specialized Geriatric Services are hospital and community-based health care services supporting frail older adults and their caregivers. A team of health care professionals supports the assessment, diagnosis and initial management of issues commonly seen in older adults with frailty. Team members include geriatricians, geriatric psychiatrists, nurses, social workers, occupational therapy, physiotherapists and pharmacists.
The Patient/Client & Family Council (PCFC) is a non-profit consumer organization supporting the recovery journey of people affected by mental health and addiction challenges and their families. Through support, education and advocacy, the PCFC works to ensure that people living with mental illness and addiction have the best quality of life, both within the hospital setting and in the community.
Pine River Institute is a residential treatment centre for adolescents struggling with addictive behaviours, often combined with other mental health challenges. By fostering maturity in a family-centred program, young people are helped to get their lives, relationships, and futures back on track. Pine River is dedicated to treatment excellence, research and evaluation, continuous improvement, and the exchange of knowledge.
Waypoint is a specialty mental health hospital with an extensive range of short and longer-term inpatient and outpatient services serving Simcoe County, Muskoka and areas of Parry Sound and Dufferin County. Waypoint has the only high secure forensic mental health program in Ontario. In addition to providing specialized assessment and treatment for people with severe mental illness, Waypoint generates new knowledge through the Waypoint Research Institute, affiliated with the University of Toronto.
To deliver a full continuum of care by partnering with local Ontario Health Teams in Central Ontario to build capacity and coordinate access to specialized services.
An innovative system of seamless coordinated care where excellent specialized services are available to all
Collaboration, Access, Excellence, Innovation, Diversity & Inclusion, Trust, Partnerships, Client-centered