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OPOP currently has three committees that help direct its operations: the Steering Committee, the Task Force, and an annual Conference Planning committee. Their mandate and responsibilities are outlined below.

Steering Committee

Mandate: The OPOP Steering Committee coordinates and advocates for the delivery of psychiatric clinical outreach services. OPOP will ensure services meet standards of best practice and that these are integrated with distributed medical education and research.

The Committee meets 4-5 times per year, or at the call of the Chair.

Authority: OPOP reports to the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC) through the five Chairs of Psychiatry (or their respective designates), plus representation from the Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM).

Responsibilities: Oversee OPOP budgets and the appointment and five-year review of the OPOP Director; Approve appointment of OPOP staff; Oversee OPOP subcommittees, the Annual Retreat, Annual Report, and the Ontario-wide Resident Electives Guide and Consultant Manual; Liaise and advocate with the MOHLTC, the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, Local Health Integration Networks of Northwestern and Northeastern Ontario and other relevant groups.

Director/Chair: Dr. Robert G. Cooke, Director OPOP


Task Force Committee

Mandate: The Task Force is a new committee that aims to develop a quality improvement and evaluation strategy to ensure OPOP's ability to deliver an evidence-informed program based on provincial need.

The Committee meets at the call of the Chair.

Authority: Operates through the authority of, and reports to, the OPOP Steering Committee.

Responsibilities: Develop and implement research, evaluation and quality improvement initiatives to answer the following questions:

  1. What communities in Ontario are in high need for psychiatric services (as defined by doc to pop ratio, wait-times, other existing outreach services, and other population rurality indicators such as RIO/LAUDAU)?
  2. How do OPOP services address the provincial need for psychiatric services? To what extent?
  3. Are there improved processes to support increased access to psychiatric care through OPOP?
  4. What is the economic cost to deliver care through OPOP?

These initiatives may include, but are not limited to: needs assessments, identification and collection of robust performance measures, performance indicator analyses and other comparisons of program operations.

Chair: Dr. Allison Crawford, Director NPOP


Annual Conference Planning Committee

Mandate: The conference planning committee is charged with planning the annual OPOP conference, which brings together all key OPOP stakeholders in shared professional development and business meetings. The event takes place in the Fall of each year.

Authority: Operates through the authority of, and reports to, the OPOP Steering Committee.

Responsibilities: Plan and coordinate all activities relevant to the annual retreat, including content development, engagement with local stakeholders, equitable rotation of host locations throughout OPOP service regions, and fulfill relevant accreditation requirements with the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons and College of Family Physicians. 

Chair: Dr Robert G. Cooke