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Ontario Psychological Association joins Encompas Mental Health Wellness partnership for OPP Association


September 21, 2020
By Staff

A new partnership seeks to improve access to mental health supports for members, families and retirees of the Ontario Provincial Police Association, and the OPP Commissioned Officers’ Association.

This builds on an earlier partnership forged six months ago in response to the growing mental health crisis facing Ontario’s police personnel. In March 2020, Dalton Associates partnered with the Ontario Provincial Police Association (OPPA) to offer a “comprehensive, concierge mental health care navigation and support service program that ensures unprecedented access to psychological and mental health care support for members and their families through the Encompas Mental Health Wellness Program.”

Now, Dalton Associates has partnered with the Ontario Psychological Association (OPA) to increase the number of clinicians available and improve the way members access care. New technology, powered by Strata Health, will draw from the OPA’s database of care providers as well as the existing roster of care providers, “rapidly and automatically matching police personnel with the best care based on unique needs and preferences,” according to Dalton Associates.

The technology will also speed up the intake process for all mental health services available through the Encompas Program, meaning individuals and families will gain access to care faster. The technology will take into consideration factors such as wait times, geographic location and service needs as well as virtual care preferences, and will be completely PHIPA (Ontario’s Personal Health Information Protection Act) and PIPEDA (the federal Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act) compliant.

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“Strata Health’s best in industry resource matching technology paired with OPA’s network of clinicians make our partnership a clear win for the OPPA and its members,” said Richard Morrison, CEO of the Ontario Psychological Association.

The Encompas program will continue to cover a full suite of mental health services including access to social workers, psychologists, psychotherapists, and psychiatrists.

“The Ontario Provincial Police Association (OPPA) is pleased with the partnership between Dalton Associates and the Ontario Psychological Association (OPA),” said OPPA President Rob Jamieson. “The OPPA’s Encompas Mental Health Wellness Program, powered by Dalton Associates allows our members to have access to experts who specialize in their unique needs. With the addition of the OPA partnership and the use of technology through Strata, we are pleased that our members will be connected in a timely manner with the appropriate services. We want to reiterate to our members that they can call the Encompas Mental Health Wellness Program 24/7 at 1-866-794-9117 or visit encompascare.ca online.”