Telepsychiatry

Telepsychiatry- Tele-Mental Health Services

Using videoconferencing, Tele-Mental Health Service offers a creative solution aimed at increasing access to psychiatric consultation for children and youth up to 18 years of age, living in rural, remote and underserved communities.  It also provides to professionals in remote communities access to educational and professional development opportunities to enhance their professional expertise and improve capacity to deliver better service to young people in these communities.

Tele-Mental Health Service delivers services through the three “Hubs” –Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto;  Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) in Ottawa and the CPRI Hub in London Ontario. CPRI Hub is located at the Child and Parent Resource Institute (CPRI) Hub (formally known as Western Hub)  and operates in a collaborative partnership with CPRI, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry, Western University, London Health Sciences Centre, St Joseph’s Health  Care London, and Hôtel-Dieu Grace Hospital in Windsor.

Using a consultation model of care, child and adolescent psychiatrists provides Clinical Consultations (Psychiatric assessments and treatment recommendations) and Program Consultations (regarding team/program / systemic issues) utilizing Videoconferencing through Ontario Tele-medicine Network (OTN) Service.

Publicly funded professionals working with children and youths up to 18 years of age can access and make referrals to the service, through one of six Service Coordination Agencies listed below.  Three agencies are dedicated to coordinating access to service for general population service providers over three service areas; and three agencies are dedicated coordinating access to First Nation, Metis, Inuit and urban Aboriginal service providers. 

  • Hands TheFamilyHealthNetwork.ca in North Bay, Parry Sound.
  • Woodview Mental Health and Autism Services in Burlington.
  • Algoma Family Services (CAMH-Sault Ste Marie – Algoma Branch).
  • Southwest Ontario Aboriginal Health Access Centre in Chippewas of the Thames First Nation/Muncey.
  • Dilico Anishinabek Family Care in Fort William First Nation.
  • Weechi-it-te-win Family Services in Fort Frances.

To support knowledge transfer and capacity building, the CPRI Hub also provides educational sessions and professional development. 

The Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry, Western University has included Tele-Mental Health sites in their Journal Club and Resident Rounds via video conferencing.

Working in collaboration with Department of Psychiatry, Division of Child and Psychiatry, the CPRI Hub offers training opportunities for Psychiatry Residents. By performing Telepsychiatry consultations under the supervision of consultant psychiatrists, residents develop knowledge, skills and experience to address mental health care needs of children and youth living in the remote communities. 

If you have any questions or want more information about the Tele-Mental Health Service please contact Rhonda Persichilli  (Coordinator, CPRI Hub) at Rhonda.persichilli@ontario.ca - (519) 858-9603 or Dr. Naveed Rizvi  (Medical Director, CPRI Hub) at Syed.Rizvi@ontario.ca  or at 519-858-2774.

Tele-mental Health Service does not provide Emergency Psychiatric Assessments, Court Order Assessments, and Parent Capacity Assessments.