While depression and alcohol use often go hand in hand, they are traditionally screened and treated separately. Without combining this care, patients treated for alcohol addiction who also experience depression may continue patterns of alcohol use and experience poor mental health

The DA VINCI project (Depression and Alcoholism – Validation of an Integrated Care Initiative), developed at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), ensures that patients with both Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) and Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD) receive integrated care that treats both conditions at the same time.

It is the first program in Canada to implement a way of systematically screening for and treating depression and alcohol dependency together, and has built capacity among Ontario clinicians to provide holistic care for patients with both conditions.

With support from ARTIC, DA VINCI was implemented across eight additional health care organizations. Patients participating in the DA VINCI project saw reductions in depression and drinking.