OPDI News & Events

OPDI NewsToGo Issue #345 – May 10, 2013

Highlights include: OPDI Peer Support Core Essentials in London; Ontario Budget 2013 Coverage (updates); Stakeholder Coalition Holds Ottawa Press Conference on Bill C-54; Valproate Warning from FDA; DSM-V Debate; NE LHIN Healthy Change Champions; OHRC Rental Housing Licensing Publication; News; and More.

Editor’s Note: Please be aware that many online newspaper sites are now behind pay-walls. Not all articles with hyperlinks may be accessible due to circumstances beyond our control; we apologize for the inconvenience.



      1.  OPDI Peer Support Core Essentials (TM) Program Training (London)

    2. Registration Form


      The OPDI Peer Support Core Essentials (TM) Program will be offered in London June 12, 13, 19, 21 and 26.  Please refer to the attached poster and registration form for more details.  The deadline for registration is May 31, 2013.



      2.  Ontario Budget 2013 (updated)


      The budget was brought down on Thursday, May 2, 2013.  The website can be found at:


      Ontario Budget 2013<http://www.fin.gov.on.ca/en/budget/ontariobudgets/2013/>


      The PDF Budget document is here:


      Ontario Budget Document PDF<http://www.fin.gov.on.ca/en/budget/ontariobudgets/2013/papers_all.pdf>


      The Ontario Non-Profit Network looks at the impact on the sector as a whole; on the right-hand menu of the webpage are links to other stakeholder analyses:


      ONN on the Provincial Budget 2013<http://www.theonn.ca/provincial-budget-2013/>


      In a press release the Ontario Government touts how it is supporting low-income families; we also provide two opinions from columnists for the Toronto Star:


      Ontario Gives More Support for Low-Income Families<http://news.ontario.ca/opo/en/2013/5/more-support-for-low-income-families.html>


      Once in a Generation Chance to Modernize Welfare Lost<http://www.thestar.com/opinion/commentary/2013/05/06/onceinageneration_chance_to_modernize_welfare_lost_goar.html>


      Good News on the Poverty Front<http://www.thestar.com/news/queenspark/2013/05/09/good_news_on_the_poverty_front_in_kathleen_wynnes_first_budget_cohn.html?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter>


      The NDP has taken to the media to share its additional demands to the proposed budget in exchange for supporting the Liberal minority government.  The latest proposition is to expand the Ontario Ombudsman’s role in healthcare:


      Ontario NDP:  Get Health Care Right By Giving Ombudsman Oversight of Sector<http://ontariondp.com/en/andrea-horwath-get-health-care-right-by-giving-ombudsman-oversight-of-sector>



      3.  Bill C-54 (Not Criminally Responsible Reform Act) Update


      A press conference of a coalition of mental health organizations who have strong concerns about this bill took place on Tuesday, May 7.  Wide media coverage took place:


      Winnipeg Press<http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/canada/bill-to-keep-mentally-ill-in-custody-longer-blasted-206551091.html>


      CTV News<http://www.ctvnews.ca/politics/mental-health-doctors-urge-harper-to-rethink-stigmatizing-crime-bill-1.1272093>


      CBC News<http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/story/2013/05/07/pol-ncr-bill-mental-health-groups.html?cmp=rss>


      Global News<http://globalnews.ca/news/543072/mental-health-groups-plead-with-government-on-not-criminally-responsible-legislation/>


      You can access a video of the Ottawa press conference here:


      News Video:  Mental Health Groups Say New Crime Bill Fuels Stigma<http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xzoj6r_mental-health-groups-say-new-crime-bill-fuels-stigma_news#.UYzmN8p-67A>



      4.  U.S. Food and Drug Administration Issues Warning on Epilepsy Medications


      Valproate products may affect the IQ’s of children whose mothers take the medication.  The FDA recommends stopping the use of these drugs for treating migraines, but still finds it “may have some value” for epilepsy and treatment of manic episodes:


      Valproate FDA Press Release<http://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/ucm350866.htm?source=govdelivery>



      5.  New Street Drug “N-Bomb” Sparks Fear


      Known on the street as an alternative to LSD or mescaline, it has already proven fatal:


      N-Bomb Drug Stirs Fear<http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/05/04/n-bomb-drug-stirs-fear/2135407/>



      6.  The Debate on DSM-V (update)


      An important line in the sand may have been drawn recently with the announcement that NIMH, the largest psychiatric research institute in the U.S., will not use the upcoming DSM-V as a guide to complement its funding criteria:


      NIMH Director’s Statement (from blog)<http://www.nimh.nih.gov/about/director/index.shtml>


      American Psychiatric Association DSM Chair Response<http://www.madinamerica.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/Statement-from-dsm-chair-david-kupfer-md.pdf>


      The NIMH Withdraws Support of DSM-5<http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/side-effects/201305/the-nimh-withdraws-support-dsm-5>


      One Manual Shouldn’t Dictate US Mental Health Research<http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn23490-one-manual-shouldnt-dictate-us-mental-health-research.html>


      Allen Frances is the previous chair of DSM-4 and is a leading critic of the new manual of psychiatric diagnosis:


      Psychiatry Divided as Mental Health Bible Denounced<http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn23487-psychiatry-divided-as-mental-health-bible-denounced.html>


      We also offer a take from the perspective of two psychiatric survivors who work in the field:


      Occupy the American Psychiatric Association<http://www.madinamerica.com/2013/05/occupy-the-american-psychiatric-association-2/>



      7.  North East LHIN Recognizes Two Healthy Change Champions


      Shana Calixte, ED of NISA (the Sudbury consumer/survivor initiative) and Marion Quigley (CEO of CMHA Sudbury-Manitoulin) were jointly recognized by the LHIN:


      NE LHIN Healthy Change Champions 2013<http://www.nelhin.on.ca/page_community.aspx?id=13400>



      8.  Doctors, Prescriptions, and Exercise


      We have two stories about non-medical prescriptions physicians are giving in writing to their patients:


      Prescribing Exercise (Radio Podcast)<http://www.cbc.ca/metromorning/episodes/2013/05/06/prescribing-exercise-1/>


      Exercise Prescription<http://www.cbc.ca/metromorning/episodes/2013/05/06/prescribing-exercise-1/>





      9.  Ontario Human Rights Commission Resource on Rental Housing Licensing


      On the heels of an investigation in the municipality of North Bay (as well as making pronouncement on the by-laws of other cities), the OHRC has come up with a guide to rental housing licensing as it applies to human rights.  This resource can be found at:


      New Guide to Human Rights and Licensing of Rental Housing<http://www.ohrc.on.ca/en/news_centre/ohrc-wraps-inquiry-rental-housing-licensing-north-bay-publishes-new-guide-human-rights-and-licensing>



      10.Mental Health Video and Blog Content from “The Agenda” TV Show


      The Ontario educational channel has been broadcasting and posting on its blogs this week topical issues relating to mental health this week:

      Mental Health Matters (TV Ontario Collaboration with CAMH)<http://theagenda.tvo.org/special/mental-health-matters-2013>



      11.How to Order Resources from CONNEX


      CONNEX has a provincial mandate to connect people with mental health, addiction, and problem gambling assistance.  You can order materials with their phone numbers and other information using this webpage:


      Order CONNEX Resource Materials<http://www.connexontario.ca/Home/ResourceMaterials>



      12.Peer Counsellors in the Crisis Unit


      We have a mainstream media profile of the successful career path of a consumer/survivor in Portland, Oregon:


      Peer Counsellors Are Key to Crisis and Assessment Center<http://www.oregonlive.com/portland/index.ssf/2013/05/peer_support_counselors_are_ke.html#incart_river>




      13.National Prescription Drop-off Day

      This Saturday is a convenient opportunity to dispose safely all expired and unused prescription drugs.  Please find a press release explaining the reason for this day, and a companion information sheet containing participating locations throughout Ontario:


      Rx Drug Drop-Off Day News Release<http://www.ccsa.ca/2013%20CCSA%20Documents/ccsa-National-RxDrug-Drop-Off-Day-news-release-2013-en.pdf>


      Participating Municipal Police Service and Locations<http://www.oacp.ca/content/news/article.html?ID=1394>



      14.Call for Submissions – Stories of Transformative Change for Peer Review Journal


      Please refer to this link for full details – the deadline submission is July 8, 2013:


      Global Journal of Community Psychology Practice<https://docs.google.com/file/d/0BzPFXtvm3AYrbmd5akxMSE8wVlk/edit?pli=1>



      15.Schizophrenia Society of Ontario LGBTQ Research Project


      Please view the enclosed flyer on a research study looking at psychosis from these communities.

      Please see attachment


      16.Summer Student Opportunity (Hamilton)


      MHRC, the Hamilton CSI has an opportunity for a full-time student as a summer employee.  Please see the attachment.




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