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Medical Psychiatry Alliance Announces New Executive Director at First Annual Conference

MISSISSAUGA,, Nov. 3, 2014 – The Medical Psychiatry Alliance (MPA), the first-of-its-kind in Canada, announced the appointment of Dr. Benoit Mulsant as the Executive Director of the MPA at the group’s first annual conference last week. Launched in January, the MPA is dedicated to transforming the delivery of mental health services for patients who suffer from physical and mental illness or medically unexplained symptoms. 

Dr. Mulsant will assume responsibility for the leadership and management of the MPA, in addition to his current roles as Physician-in-Chief at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) and Professor and Vice Chair in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto. 

MPA logoReporting to the Executive Committee and working with the MPA’s Advisory Council, Dr. Mulsant will oversee program operations aligned with the initiative’s strategic goals and objectives. He will also play an integral role in informing and influencing public policy by providing the results of the MPA to the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, the MPA’s private donor and the MPA Executive Committee.

“The Medical Psychiatry Alliance provides a unique opportunity to integrate the needs of the body and the brain to create a new kind of health care system that helps people living with mental and physical illness get the right care, in the right place, at the right time,” said Dr. Mulsant. “I am honoured to be assuming this role and committed to realizing the vision set out by the partners and our generous donor to make a difference in the daily lives of patients.”

Last week, the MPA hosted its first annual conference Integration for Better Care, attended by physicians, staff and clinical leadership who work with this patient population, including: primary care, mental health, emergency and subspecialties in children’s health, medicine, seniors’ services and oncology. The educational conference consisted of plenary speakers and a panel discussion to discuss collaborative care in medical psychiatry to create models of care in child, adult and geriatric medical psychiatry.

In Ontario, over 1.3 million people experience physical illness and mental illness at the same time. Many of these patients suffer unnecessarily because they do not receive early and effective treatment for both conditions. This can lead to distress, disability and premature death. Transfers and referrals within the complex health-care system can be confusing to patients and their families, and costly to the system.

The lack of integrated and effective care within our health-care system for individuals with concurrent mental and physical illness has a major impact on their health and well-being, and imposes an incremental burden on their families. The cost to the Ontario Health system is estimated at $2.57B per year.

About the Medical Psychiatry Alliance:
The Alliance is a collaborative partnership whose goal is to transform mental health care. Supported by The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), The Hospital for Sick Children, Trillium Health Partners (THP) and the University of Toronto (UofT) in conjunction with the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC) and a generous donor, this Alliance is dedicated to transforming the delivery of mental health services for patients who suffer from physical and psychiatric illness or medically unexplained symptoms. 

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For more information:​
Fiona Taylor, Trillium Health Partners
Mobile: 416-844-5189 or Email: Fiona.Taylor@trilliumhealthpartners.ca​

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