Our Partners

Excellence through Quality Improvement Project

The Excellence through Quality Improvement Project (E-QIP) is a Quality Improvement program focused on leadership and capacity building led by Addictions and Mental Health Ontario (AMHO) and the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), Ontario with direct support from and in close partnership with the Provincial System Support Program (PSSP) at CAMH. E-QIP is funded by and delivered in collaboration with Ontario Health.  The project promotes and supports the use of evidence-based assessment tools to do quality improvement (QI) and aims to improve mental health and addiction care in the community. The project supports agencies to achieve this vision by:

  • Increasing QI adoption, culture and capacity
  • Increasing the uptake of standardized tools and datasets and the use of data for decision-making and planning, and
  • Identification and development of QI indicators for the community MHA sector aligned to provincial priorities and embedded within a provincial performance framework as developed by Ontario Health

E-QIP works collaboratively with the Mental Health and Addictions Centre of Excellence at Ontario Health to foster a data driven approach to improving care in the community mental health and addiction sector and to support the implementation of The Roadmap to Wellness.

Ontario Health

Ontario Health (OH) is an agency created by the Government of Ontario with a mandate to connect and coordinate our province’s health care system in ways that have not been done before, to help ensure that Ontarians receive the best possible care.

We believe in patient-centred care and in health equity. And we believe in learning from the many diverse communities that make up Ontario, so we can reflect those learnings in everything we do.

Our highly skilled team comes from across the province and collectively applies world class experience, knowledge and expertise to support health care professionals and to benefit all Ontarians.

Knowledge Institute on Child and Youth Mental Health and Addictions

We drive high-quality, evidence-based child and youth mental health and addictions services for Ontario’s children, young people and families. We support community-based child and youth mental health agencies and decision makers to help young people in our province develop in ways that expand their future opportunities and ensure lifelong mental health. We are formerly known as the Ontario Centre of Excellence on Child and Youth Mental Health. 

Ontario Common Assessment of Need (OCAN) Community of Interest

The Ontario Common Assessment of Need (OCAN) is the evidenced-based, standardized assessment tool for the community mental health sector. OCAN promotes a consumer/client driven approach with the inclusion of a self-assessment. The tool supports conversations with consumers about their strengths, needs, and actions to address their unmet needs. 

The OCAN Community of Interest aims to: 

  • provide a forum for sharing OCAN-related information 
  • share recovery-oriented practices using OCAN that enhances a consumer-centred approach 
  • share challenges and strategies related to OCAN use 
  • share approaches to using OCAN data for quality improvement planning at various levels 
  • engage with users of other standardized tools to identify common challenges and strategies and work towards a more streamlined and integrated system 
  • engage new members in the Community of Interest working group to broaden the stakeholder base. 

The OCAN Community of Interest is co-led by Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), Ontario Division; CMHA Peel Dufferin; and Ontario Health. The OCAN Community of Interest is supported by Evidence Exchange Network (EENet), which is part of the Provincial System Support Program (PSSP) at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH).