The Durham Ontario Health Team(OHT) is a collaborative group of 18 organizations and patient, family and caregiver advisors working in partnership to improve access and delivery of coordinated health services. The Durham OHT is comprised of partners from across the care continuum, including primary care providers, hospitals, mental health and addictions, and community support services. While the core partnership group involved in the submission is comprised of 18 signatory organizations, there is broad support from more than 70 health care partners across Durham Region, representing various organizations in the health, social, education, and private sectors.
In the Fall of 2019, the Durham OHT submitted an application to the Ministry of Health to become an Ontario Health Team, and the Durham OHT was announced as an approved OHT in the first cohort.
The Durham OHT identified two priority populations that would be the focus within the first year of implementation; older adults living with frailty and individuals living with complex conditions (including pediatric patients). The Durham OHT also recognizes the key role that mental health and addictions play for these populations and has placed a focus on this aspect to health and wellness in planning for year one.
Following the OHT funding announcement by the Ministry of Health on July 23, 2020, the Durham OHT began work on developing a Collaborative Decision-Making Arrangement (CDMA) to guide and support decision-making for the Durham OHT. The CDMA was submitted to the Ministry on September 30, 2020 and outlines the partners’ joint commitment and vision for the Durham OHT. Funding is expected to commence in October 2020.