Award of Excellence in Mental Health and Quality Improvement


The Award

This award will honour a hospital, health authority, community based mental health and addictions program/service, or a leader in the field that demonstrates evidence-informed and sustained quality improvements (QI) in the area of mental health and addictions.

The recipient will receive an etched glass trophy, paid travel and accommodation for one individual to attend the College's Honouring Health Leadership event, and a complimentary registration to the National Health Leadership Conference. In addition, the recipient will receive a $7,500 grant for the organization to use to continue their QI activities in their mental health program, and $1,000 for an educational leadership event and translation of best practices within the winning organization.



This award is open to individuals and organizations that demonstrate: (a) recent (three years) application of evidence-based quality improvements in their health system which improves outcomes for patients with mental illness and/or addictions (b) sustained system/program improvements. Possible nominees could include, but are not limited to:

  • A hospital based mental health program providing a continuum of services;
  • A community-based mental health and addictions program that is publicly funded and has official partnerships with hospitals as part of the continuum of care for the treatment of mental health and addictions;
  • A school based program that supported mental health for children/youth;
  • A corrections-based mental health and addictions program; and
  • A recognized health systems leader in the field of mental health and addictions.



Nominations must be made by a member of the College and be submitted by February 1, 2020. Nominations must be submitted as one PDF file via the team and organization award online form and include the following:

  • The completed nomination form (to be completed online).
  • A letter of nomination from a member of the College.
  • The completed nomination template, describing the innovative QI mental health initiative(s) undertaken, including the results.
  • Three letters of support that clearly articulate how the nominee meets the criteria for this award. One letter must be from a patient, family member, or patient advisory committee directly impacted by the program/initiative.

Selection Committee


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2019 Recipient: Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences

An interprofessional team within the hospital was assembled to engage patients and their families to help realize the strategic goals of the Ontario Shores’ Recovery Action Plan and to transform services and delivery to more closely align with recovery principles. The objectives were to improve patient recovery outcomes, improve patient and staff safety, and improve patient experience.

The Recovery Action Plan introduced major initiatives designed to challenge traditional clinical practices with a provider-patient hierarchy and support the provision of recovery-oriented services, where providers and patients work collaboratively. Click here for the full article


Past Recipients

Please see our most recent recipients listed below. Full biography's are available in our Celebrating Leading Practices booklets.

2018, Dr. Kathleen A. Pajer

2017, Scarborough and Rouge Hospital

2016, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health  

2015, Ontario Shores 

2014, Nova Scotia Health Authority (previously Capital Health)