Community Health Services Integration

The Central East LHIN Board of Directors, at its meeting in Pickering on March 27th, 2013, made a series of decisions pertaining to the “Community Health Services (CHS) Integration Plan (Durham Cluster)”, released on February 12th, 2013.  The LHIN-facilitated CHS Integration process began in the Durham Cluster in April 2012 involving ten organizations.  The organizations involved include:  Brock Community Health Centre; Oshawa Community Health Centre; The Youth Centre; Community Care Durham; Durham Hospice; VON; Faith Place Support Services; Oshawa Senior Citizens Centre; Sunrise Seniors Place; and Durham Region Adult Day Programs.

The CE LHIN Board’s decisions impacted all organizations involved in some way.  A series of motions were passed supporting the proposed integrations that were voluntarily agreed to.  These are as follows:

For proposed integrations that were not voluntarily agreed to by the organizations involved, the LHIN Board passed motions requiring LHIN staff to undertake further analysis and make recommendations to the CE LHIN Board at its next meeting in April.  These proposed integrations were as follows:

Of direct interest to Brock CHC, the CE LHIN Board’s decision pertaining to the Durham North Zone was as follows:

“Be it resolved that the Central East LHIN Board of Directors does not oppose the proposed integration to create a “Durham North Zone” partnership and strategic alliance between Brock Community Health Centre, Community Care Durham, VON for Canada (Ontario Branch, Durham Region Site) and the Regional Municipality of Durham, Social Services Department (Long-Term Care and Services for Seniors) as set out in the Integration Plan for Community Health Services Integration-Durham Cluster, Group 1, dated February 12, 2013.

Further, Brock Community Health Centre, as lead for the initiative, is directed to ensure a partnership agreement is in place and signed by the partners by May 1, 2013 and to develop a strategic plan for the LHIN funded services by August 2, 2013.  Brock Community Health Centre is required to report back to the Central East LHIN Board at its August 2013 meeting on the key elements of the partnership agreement, the strategic plan and how the plan will be operationalized”.

Brock CHC immediately initiated discussions with Community Care Durham, VON and Durham Region (Adult Day Programs) as the first step in development of the partnership and strategic alliance anticipated for the Durham North Zone.