North Western Toronto Ontario Health Team (NWT OHT) is pleased to share that one of our signatory partners, LOFT Community Services, received the Canada’s Premiers Award for Innovation in Mental Health and Addictions Care for Ontario. This award is granted in each Canadian province and territory in order to recognize individuals and organizations who are executing innovative initiatives that positively impacts mental health and addictions care.

The NWT OHT and our partners are focused on working towards a more integrated and equitable healthcare system in Ontario. LOFT is by far no exception. Its initiative, The Path Home, is a supportive housing model specializing in transitioning patients/clients with complex needs back to their community.

The Path Home is a supporting housing initiative. One commitment of the NWT OHT is to provide equitable healthcare to all patients/clients in the community have access to the care they need. For many unhoused people, finding a place to call home is a luxury. LOFT helps unhoused people get a roof over their heads by providing a recovery-based model of supportive housing to help people living with complex mental health and/or addiction challenges. This initiative is taking place in both Toronto Community Housing (TCH) and Simcoe County Housing (SCH).

LOFT’s work provides a new opportunity for those facing complex mental health challenges, addiction, dementia, and responsive behaviours along with physical health and care needs who no longer need to be in the hospital, but continue to require ongoing care.

This award grants LOFT $5,000 to continue work on The Path Home. They will also receive a signed certificate from Ontario Premier, Doug Ford.

Read more about the award here: Canada’s Premiers Announce Recipients of the Award for Innovation in Mental Health and Addictions Care (canadaspremiers.ca)