The public entrance to the Erie St. Clair LHIN in Chatham September 16, 2015. (Photo by Simon Crouch)

LHIN Sets Funding Priorities

The Erie St. Clair Local Health Integration Network has set up guidelines for choosing which community groups to fund this year.

The LHIN board has approved a funding framework that will focus on improving home-based care, healthcare technology and community support services.

Each year, the Ontario Government provides money to its LHINs for community funding that doesn’t include hospitals.

“If there’s a very hot issue in one area, you’re probably going to put more money towards it,” says Acting CEO Ralph Ganter. “At least this calls out and gets us thinking in an equitable manner.”

Ganter adds mental health funding works under a different model, and won’t be included with this plan.

He adds they also want to put a focus on helping Aboriginal and First Nations patients.

“We have an indiginous committee that helps us understand what kind of issues are taking place with respect to First Nations people. So that’s why we want to call it out in our funding framework so we pay attention to it,” says Ganter.

Their targeted elected funding plan, sees 58% of the funds going to Windsor groups, 24% in Sarnia and 18% in Chatham-Kent.

The LHIN is hoping to find out how much money the province will give them for community funding in the near future.