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ABI, Mental Health and Addiction

Many individuals with brain injury struggle with co-existing issues such as mental health, addictions, developmental issues and involvement with the justice System. 

A 2011 Toronto ABI Network survey found that:

  • Among ABI service providers, 94 per cent of respondents were working with clients with both ABI and mental illness.
  • Among mental health providers, 92 per cent of respondents were working with clients with both ABI and mental illness.

But clients often face challenges in accessing the health services they need in a coordinated manner.

Partnering to find solutions

The Toronto ABI Network is leading efforts to improve service coordination, availability and to develop and improve partnerships among sectors.

As a member of the Provincial Human Services and Justice Coordinating Committee (HSJCC) and co-chair of the HSJCC Complex Sub-Committee, the Toronto ABI Network leads regular discussions between and across sectors on how to break down barriers to services for individuals with co-existing health issues.

In 2014-2015, the HSJCC Complex Sub-Committee worked with the ABI, mental health and addiction, and justice sectors to conduct a review and develop and propose a Service Resolution Process to address the needs and system gaps for complex clients who face system barriers and access issues. The review was completed in May 2015.

Implementation is now underway, and the Service Resolution Process will be in place by March 2017.