Who We Are


Champlain Pathways to Better Care is a regional initiative that emerged from the Connecting the Circle of Care Mental Health and Addictions Action Plan 2013-16. This plan actively applies the lens of lived experience to help build and sustain a quality improvement agenda around local priorities. The primary purpose of <name> is to prioritize and support the implementation of collaborative, cross-organizational, and quality improvement initiatives identified within the 3 year plan.


Champlain Pathways to Better Care will work with others to implement coordinated changes to the Champlain mental health and addictions system – leading to improvements for those with lived experience and their families.  Our focus is on enabling and sustaining change through action, collaboration, knowledge, education, and expertise.

Who We Are

Steering Committee

The Steering Committee was created in the spring of 2014 to provide the leadership and cross-representational perspectives to the Program.  The Steering Committee will work in collaboration with the executive sponsors of the Program and provide support and expertise to project teams.  This committee will report to the program sponsors, The Champlain LHIN and The Royal.  A current list of the steering committee members can be found here:  Steering Committee Introductions 2015-2016

The Steering Committee is a champion of quality improvement, efficiency and effectiveness, and collaborative decision making in support of the shared interests of seamless and appropriate service delivery and recovery.

The membership of the Steering Committee reflects the diversity among the Champlain LHIN’s mental health and addiction providers and those with lived experience.  Membership will include, but is not limited to representation from:


  • Executive sponsors
  • Program director
  • Francophone
  • Individuals with lived experience
  • Community mental health
  • Addictions programs
  • Outside of Ottawa
  • Clinicians in the hospital setting
  • Aboriginal communities
  • Addictions and Mental Health Network
  • Front line staff
  • Clinicians in  the community
  • Family members

Program Team

The program team was formed in early 2014 to lead and undertake the work of the Program. Initial work of the Program team involved developing initial frameworks for the Program, as well as, establishing the Steering Committee. The team is now focused on leading and supporting cross-organizational and collaborative quality improvement initiatives. The program team consists of the two full-time team members; a Project manager and Project facilitator; as well as part-time Executive sponsors, a Program director, and a Communications specialist.

Project Team(s)

Each project team is led by the Project Manager, and strives for the successful delivery of project outputs as outlined in the project charter. The project team should include front-line clinicians from the operational area(s) impacted by the project. The specialist expertise required for a project may include clinical, operational, financial, technical, communication, environmental, risk, procurement, contractual and legal skills. The mix of skills and experience will vary by project.  In addition, the Operational Manager(s) is a key member of the project team.

The composition of the team may change as the project moves through its lifecycle. The assessment and selection of people with the requisite skills for each phase of a project is critical to overall success. The skills should be explicitly identified in the project planning process. The project team is responsible for completing tasks and activities required for delivering project outputs. They may be called on to support the Steering Committee by providing reports or information at the discretion of the Project Manager.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Regional Capacity Building Program?

The <name> is a new program that was identified in the Connecting the Circle of Care (the LHIN’s 3 Year Action Plan).  The Program has a mandate to implement quality improvement initiatives identified in the 3 year plan. The action-focused Program will look for ways to improve the system to make it easier for people to move from one part of the system to another and receive appropriate care that is centred on their needs.

The program will do this by:

  • Working with health service providers to identify and implement specific system improvement projects
  • Providing project management and quality improvement  technical assistance that enables providers to collaboratively improve their services; and
  • Helping stakeholders to use and share information that helps programs and individuals focus on pathways to recovery.


How will the program be different from other groups such as AMHNC and other Champlain LHIN supported projects?

The <name>, the Addictions and Mental Health Network of Champlain (AMHNC) and the Champlain Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) will all work closely together.  The <name> is not a decision-making body but is action-oriented; initiating, facilitating and supporting collaborative improvement projects doing work that is not being done elsewhere to support the goals of the 3 year plan.  AMHNC will be a source of valuable input to the identification of quality improvement and knowledge exchange priorities that will help inform the development of the Program’s work plan.

For example, the Champlain LHIN had formed a task group last year to develop recommendations on how to lower frequent Mental Health and Addictions (MH&A) Emergency Department (ED) use.  That group is put forward a set a recommendations and the Program would be in a position to take their recommendations and work collaboratively to ensure they are implemented.

Champlain Pathways on Twitter

RT @PsycRecruiter “...you can say we lack resources. But I think the first order of business is to ask, what are we doing with our resources?” - How can we best utilize the small psychiatry group that we have? One solution: shared care teams @Champathways #psychiatry #recruitment #HHR twitter.com/OntPsychAssoc/…

About 7 months ago from Champlain Pathways's Twitter via TweetDeck

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