Collaboration to help high-risk populations access mental health supports

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LISTOWEL-WINGHAM – A partnership is being established between Listowel Wingham Hospitals Alliance (LWHA), the Huron Perth Healthcare Alliance (HPHA) Mental Health Crisis Outreach Team and the Nurse Practitioner-led Primary Care outreach program.

The partnership will help high-risk populations who do not have primary care physicians in the region access an outpatient social worker.

This collaboration will provide social service, and medical service in the places people are at, not asking them to come to places health care services are traditionally offered such as a treatment centre, office, or hospital emergency room.

“They’ve reached out to us to partner with them and it’s HPHA that runs this but we’re working in collaboration to help some of the people in our community to get some supports, medical or mental health resources that they might need,” said Carrie Hurst, manager of patient services. “It’s kind of a no-questions-asked free service.”

Details of the collaboration are currently being worked out, with Hurst saying LWHA will be able to announce details soon.

“Our part in it would be to allow referrals if you have no family doctor in town and you need some supports from a social worker then we could help support that from an out-patient perspective,” said Hurst.

Colin Burrowes, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Listowel Banner

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