Collective Community Services (Montreal)


The Networking and Partnership Initiative (NPI) is a program funded by Health Canada, as a measure of the Federal Action Plan for Official Language Minority Communities, and managed by the Community Health and Social Services Network (CHSSN). It is intended to support the capacity development of Quebec’s English-speaking communities to ensure their vitality and general well-being. To achieve this, the program currently funds 20 community networks within Quebec. CCS NPI is one of these networks, serving the English-speaking populations of Verdun and LaSalle.

By building strategic alliances and partnerships with local agencies, public institutions and community organizations, CCS NPI provides support to key partners willing to create or adapt existing services for the vulnerable English-speaking population. For CCS NPI, 2016 was a year of expanding current partnerships, and recruiting new members, continuing to build on the trust and collaboration that was previously established. The current CCS NPI network includes a growing number of local organizations and institutions from the Lachine, LaSalle, Verdun and South West.

With the hiring of an Regional Capacity Coordinator for Lasalle, and building efforts with the McGill Project in retaining health and social services professionals, the NPI hopes to continue to offer programming and expansion of services across the island to English-speaking populations.


• Strengthen the network as a focal point in addressing the health and social services (HSS) needs of the English-speaking community.
• Increase the English-Speaking Community presence and participation in decision-making structures and processes of the health and social services system.
• Support the key elements of the health and social services system to adapt existing services in the English language.

What We've Achieved So Far...

• Increased collaboration and communication among stakeholders while promoting a multicultural, inclusive community.
• Expansion of the CCS NPI network through annual meetings, representation on community tables, and attendance at community events.
• Increased community knowledge of English services and resources in Verdun and LaSalle.

Where We're Going

CCS NPI will continue to expand in Verdun and LaSalle. It will enhance the awareness of community resources, caring and vitality. We are looking to increase the English-speaking community’s access to mental health resources in the community through hosting a bilingual Mental Health day. CCS NPI is also looking to expand their Health Promotion Projects to include Wellness activities for Seniors, an identified priority in the communities we serve.

In LaSalle, we are focusing our efforts with the Enhancing Regional Capacity Coordinator position. This new position will allow us to support work being done by community organizations in LaSalle that serve more vulnerable English-speaking populations. We hope to act as a resource and use our networks to help enhance the efforts being made in this area.
You can contact the ERCC team at for more information.

The McGill Project is also a recent development in the NPI at CCS. This project aims to connect local English language high schools with community, health and social services organizations to offer internships to students. By doing so, students complete necessary volunteer hours for school while also increasing their employability and bolstering the capacity of the organizations to serve clientele in English.
You can contact the McGill Project Coordination at for more information.
For more information on the Networking Partnership Initiative (NPI), please contact:
Jillian Ritchie

Network & Community Social Health Manager
Telephone: 514 937-5351 ext. 245
Connect with us!


CCS recently released a report: McGill project, A portrait of human resource needs in mental health, March 2016 (1) examining the range of services available to the English-speaking population of Montreal in need of mental health services. The report proves that there is indeed a human resource gap in the field of mental health in Montreal.


Mental Health & Your Legal Rights

Mental health challenges affect thousands of Quebecers and their families and friends. When it comes to these challenges, the law comes into play in many ways. But it’s hard to find the right legal information in one place. And when you find it, it can be hard to understand. Educaloi has created a guide The Law and Mental Health: What You Need to Know to help answer some of the questions you may have.

Rapid Intervention Module (MIR)

What is it? Created in September 2007, by the Douglas Mental Health University Institute, the Rapid Intervention Module (MIR) provides assessment and treatment for patients who require quick and intensive intervention. MIR is a short-term, time-limited service that provides individual therapeutic support and psychiatric follow-up.

How do I make an appointment?

Call 514-888-4478, office is open Monday to Friday from 8am - 4pm.

What should I bring to my appointment?

- A valid medicare card

- An updated medication list from your pharmacy

- Family doctor's complete address (if you do not have a family doctor, please contact your local CLSC prior to your appointment and ask to be put on the waiting list to obtain one).

- Complete address of a person to contact in case of emergency.


Paper Tigers follows a year in the life of an alternative high school that has radically changed its approach to disciplining its students, becoming a promising model for how to break the cycles of poverty, violence and disease that affect families.

Paper Tigers Trailer - KPJR Films from KPJR FILMS LLC on Vimeo.