The vision of Labrador-Grenfell Health is of healthy people living in healthy communities.
The Labrador Integration Project involved a partnership between the Mushuau Innu, Sheshatshiu Innu, Nunatsiavut Department of Health and Social Development, Labrador Health Secretariat and Labrador-Grenfell Health. Initial work included the development of an inventory of community-based health programs in the aboriginal communities, identification of trends and gaps in service, and collection of information on the level of integration occurring within and across communities and throughout the region. This assessment determined that the focus of the project should be on improving the delivery of community-based mental health and addictions services. In 2008-09, an action plan including the following initiatives was developed: data collection regarding suicide and suicide attempts; a mobile treatment team; and the development of information sharing agreements. As a result of provincial government funding, the partners are working together to recruit a three-member multidisciplinary mental health and addictions services team, and to finalize a project proposal that if successful, will add another six positions to this team. In addition, as a part of the Integration Envelope of the Aboriginal Health Transition Fund, a Mushuau Innu Collaborative Mental Health and Addictions Project was initiated. The purpose of this project was to develop protocols to enhance coordination, integration and case management for Mushuau Innu clients accessing Mental Health and Addictions Services. A Memorandum of Understanding between the Mushuau Innu Health Commission and Labrador-Grenfell Health will be signed to support the implementation of the protocols.
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