1. What are Local Health Integration Networks (LHINS)?
LHINs are not-for-profit organizations that will be responsible for planning, integrating and funding local health services in 14 different geographic areas of the province. LHINs are intended to be the managers for health services that are delivered in hospitals, long-term care facilities, community health centres, community support services and mental health agencies.
LHINs are based on a principle that community-based care is best planned, coordinated and funded in an integrated manner within the local community because local people are best able to determine their health service needs and priorities.
LHINs will determine the health service priorities required in their local community. LHINs will work with local health providers and community members to develop an integrated health service plan for their local area. They will eventually be responsible for funding and ensuring accountability of local health services providers.
2. What is the Central LHIN?
Central is the most populous LHIN in Ontario. Our LHIN is home to over 1.6 million residents. Our population resides primarily in northern Toronto, the suburban communities north of the city commonly known as the “905” area and along the Highway 400 corridor. Between 1994-2004 our population grew, on average, by 3.1 per cent each year. This was much greater than the 1.5 per cent annual population increase seen in Ontario during the same period.
The Central LHIN is home to many of Ontario’s most diverse communities. We have the highest proportion of immigrants--newcomers as well as those who made a home for themselves many years ago. A large percentage of visible minorities also reside in our LHIN. Recent immigrants make up 10 per cent of the Central LHIN’s population - double the provincial average. Newcomers are concentrated in certain municipalities in our LHIN, particularly Toronto, Richmond Hill, Markham and Vaughan. These municipalities also contain the highest number of people whose mother tongue is neither English nor French. The highest proportion of visible minorities, also reside in these communities, contributing to the diversity, complexity and vibrancy of our LHIN.
3. What is the Central LHIN Dementia Network?
The Central LHIN Dementia Network represents organizations, institutions, agencies and associations in south Simcoe, York Region and northern Toronto (Central LHIN south) who provide or have an interest in dementia care. All members may participate in the Central LHIN Dementia Network activities, and lend their voice to the leadership of the Network through the Steering Committee.
History of the Central LHIN Dementia Network
Dementia Networks were developed across Ontario in the late 1990s as a result of the Provinical Alzheimer Strategy.
In 2007 a grant came from the Alzheimer Strategy Transition Project to the York Region Dementia Network to undertake a planning process and establish a framework for collaborating within the new Central LHIN planning boundaries.
In December 2007 members from the three existing Dementia Networks currently operating in the Central LHIN met to discuss a Preferred Model for continuing operations and the next steps of an implementation process. It was agreed that one Dementia Network for all of the Central LHIN made the most sense.
A Steering Committee was formed and met to develop a vision, mandate and terms of reference for the new Central LHIN Dementia Network.
In June 2008 general information sessions were held for all Central LHIN Dementia Network members. The terms of reference, vision, long term objectives were reviewed and short term goals and activities were developed.
The Vision of the Central LHIN Dementia Network
To promote high quality, dignified and compassionate services and supports for people with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias across a seamless continuum of care respectful of diversity and individual choice.
The Mandate of the Central LHIN Dementia Network
The purpose of the Central LHIN Dementia Network is to serve as a vehicle to bring people and resources together locally and regionally to improve the system of care for people living with Dementia, their families and caregivers by:
- Communication (System Coordination and Networking)
- Collaboration (Consultation and Integration)