Following the May 2009 publication of the “Relever le défi de la maladie d’Alzheimer et des maladies apparentées, une vision centrée sur la personne, l’humanisme et l’excellence (Tackling the Challenges Presented by Alzheimer’s and Other Related Diseases; a Focus on People, Humanism and Excellence)” report by Dr. Howard Bergman, presented at the request of the Government of Quebec, the Ministry of Health and Social Services oversaw the two-year launch of a first phase of 19 local projects aiming to give better access to health and social services to patients suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and other major neurocognitive disorders.
These projects were spread over the province of Quebec and financed between April 2013 and March 2016. The McGill RUIS, as well as the three other RUIS networks of Quebec, were called up on in this context.
A provincial review, which took place in the autumn of 2015, highlighted the success of this initiative. It was hereby determined that these projects would serve as a model for the rest of Quebec. The ministerial initiative regarding Alzheimer’s disease and other significant neurocognitve disorders became a provincewide project in April of 2016, and entered into its “Phase 2.” The implementation guidelines for Phase 2, taking place between 2016 and 2019, were published with the aim to deploy the measures undertaken during Phase 1 on a grand scale, notably within all the Family Physician Networks of Quebec. On the territory served by the McGill RUIS, the Ministry of Health and Social Services has specifically requested that the Centre of Excellence on Longevity supervise Phase 2.