CMHA Niagara and Pathstone Mental Health Strategic Partnership Initiative: Webinar Focus Group (Event Recording)

This is an event recording of the May 17, 2017 webinar with presenters George Kurzawa, Shawn Baylis & Tara McKendrick. 50 participants joined this event from 31 different organizations across Niagara.

Since January 2017 the CMHA Niagara and Pathstone Mental Health have been through a formal process to consider and analyze different forms of integration and their potential impact (both risks and benefits) on client outcomes and the sustainability of both organizations.

During this webinar presenters summarized the process to date and preferred model of integration. During the discussion period participants had an opportunity to put forward questions and share feedback via online polls.

A supplementary question and answer summary can be found here.

Event Presenters: Shawn Baylis, Pathstone Mental Health, George Kurzawa, CMHA – Niagara & Tara McKendrick, CMHA – Niagara

Hosted By: Niagara Connects

Publication Date: May 17, 2017

View CMHA Niagara and Pathstone Mental Health Strategic Partnership Initiative – Event Recording

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