OPDI News & Events

OPDI NewsToGo Issue #346 – May 17, 2013

Highlights include: OPDI Peer Support Core Essentials in London; More on the Ontario Budget; Ashley Smith Inquest; Health Canada Reports on Children Deaths and Antipsychotics; New Potent Opioids on the Street; DSM-5; The Dream Team Fundraising Dinner; 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)


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


      OPDI Peer Support Core Essentials (TM) Program Training (London)<http://opdi.org/events.php>



      2.  Ontario Budget 2013 (updated)


      The Ontario Non-Profit Network continues to post links to other stakeholder analyses of the Ontario budget:


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


      So, are Ontarians poised for a June election if the budget is defeated?  A media consensus seems to be forming:


      BC Election Results Forestall an Ontario Election<http://www.thestar.com/news/queenspark/2013/05/16/bc_election_results_forestall_an_ontario_election_cohn.html>


      Horwath and Wynne Meeting on Budget<http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/story/2013/05/15/ontario-horwath-wynne-meeting-budget.html?autoplay=true>



      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.  The press release has since been posted:


      Fundamental Flaws in Not Criminally Responsible Reform Act Will Set Back Mental Health without Increasing Public Safety<http://www.camh.ca/en/hospital/about_camh/newsroom/news_releases_media_advisories_and_backgrounders/current_year/Pages/Fundamental-Flaws-in-%E2%80%9CNot-Criminally-Responsible-Reform-Act%E2%80%9D-Will-Set-Back-Mental-Health-without-Increasing-Public-Safety.aspx>



      4.  Ashley Smith Inquest Continues


      The controversial death in custody of this teenager with mental health issues continues with revelations of drugging ordered over the phone by a nurse and questions of consent by the patient in prison:


      Misled by Nurses, Psychiatrist Disturbed by Drugging of Teen Inmate<http://kitchener.ctvnews.ca/psychiatrist-prescribed-meds-for-ashley-smith-by-phone-1.1280877>



      5.  Health Canada Reports Children Deaths from Newer Antipsychotics


      Fatalities and weight gains are among those incidents reported:


      Health Canada Reports Deaths of Children Prescribed Newer Antipsychotics<http://www.vancouversun.com/health/Deaths+reported+children+prescribed+newer+generation+antipsychotics/8374056/story.html>



      6.  New Potent Synthetic Opioids on Montreal Streets


      These street drugs are so powerful they produced side-effects on the police officers who seized them even though they took precautions by wearing gloves and masks:


      Montreal Drug Seizure<http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/story/2013/05/13/montreal-drug-seizure-fentanyl-bromadol-oxycodone.html?cmp=rss>


      In a related story, this Op-Ed piece considers the divergent approaches the U.S. and Canada have taken towards generic OxyContin:


      Health Canada and the FDA:  Two Peas from Different Pods<http://healthydebate.ca/opinions/title-health-canada-and-the-fda-two-peas-from-different-pods>



      7.  The Debate on DSM-V (update)


      The impending launch of this psychiatric manual continues to gain press attention:


      The Economist’s Take on DSM-5<http://www.economist.com/news/science-and-technology/21578024-american-psychiatric-associations-latest-diagnostic-manual-remains-flawed?fsrc=rss|sct>

      Mental Illness Critics Call Out Changes in Revised DSM Guidebook<http://www.ctvnews.ca/health/is-grief-a-mental-illness-critics-call-out-changes-in-revised-dsm-guidebook-1.1282954>


      Controversial Psychiatry Bible About to Launch<http://www.vancouversun.com/health/Years+making+controversial+psychiatry+bible+about+launch/8377302/story.html>



      8.  CMHA Ontario Introduces New Videos on Recovery


      Please refer to this press release for more information as the association makes a donor appeal to “crowd source” the mental health outreach project:





      9.  South East LHIN Mental Health Service Delivery Integration


      Here’s how one LHIN is communicating its plans to integrate mental health and addictions services – by using its own website and also using the media:


      South East LHINfo Minute – Mental Health and Addictions<http://www.southeastlhin.on.ca/WorkArea/showcontent.aspx?id=8148>


      LHIN Redesign to Address Gaps<http://www.thewhig.com/2013/05/05/lhin-redesign-to-address-gaps>





      10.Peers in Mental Health and Addiction CoI Webinar


      The one-hour webinar took place Wednesday, May 15.  You can watch a recording here:


      Peer Support CoI Webinar<http://eenet.ca/products-tools/peer-support-in-addictions-and-mental-health-in-ontario-2/>



      11.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 last week:

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



      12.Best Practices in Depression Screening


      Please check out this story to see what the suggested guidelines are:

      Routine Depression Screening Not Recommended<http://www.cbc.ca/news/health/story/2013/05/13/depression-screening.html>


      13.The Role of Nutrition in Mental Health

      We get a naturopath and a nurse practitioner from a hospital talking about the role of diet in mental health:

      Growing Research Backing Nutrition’s Role in Mental Health<http://globalnews.ca/news/551389/young-minds-growing-research-backing-nutritions-role-in-mental-health/>


      14.The Pricing of Prescription Drugs

      Ever wondered how the price of medications is set in this country?  Wonder no more:

      The Price of Prescription Drugs in Canada – a Backgrounder<http://www.scribd.com/doc/141237516/The-price-of-prescription-drugs-in-Canada-a-backgrounder>




      15.OHA and Patient Safety in Mental Health Training Modules


      The Ontario Hospital Association announced this new educational initiative and dates for training sessions province-wide during Mental Health Week:


      OHA Patient Safety Education Modules<http://www.ohatoday.com/News/Pages/NEWS-05092013-PSEPModules.aspx>


      Other free online resources, including a comprehensive and up-to-date (October 2012) guide to mental health and the law in Ontario, can be downloaded here:


      OHA Mental Health Resources<http://www.ohatoday.com/toolsandsupport/Pages/ToolsSupports-05092013-OHAsMentalHealthResources.aspx>



      16.Thunder Bay PSR Conference:  “Recovery in Mental Health – Sharing Our Successes”


      Please refer to this link for registration, conference agenda, and learning institutes taking place June 4, 5, and 6:


      Recovery in Mental Health Registration and Agenda Webpage<http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07e764rl72876f23e2&llr=iglitjfab>



      17.Ontario Non-Profit Network Offers Access to Government Lands Registry


      Subject to conditions and the payment of a fee, eligible non-profits may be able to get priority access to purchase lands declared surplus by the province.  This will interest organizations who are looking to build a new facility:





      18.The Dream Team Fundraising Dinner (May 22 in Toronto)


      A reminder that this event takes place Tuesday, May 22 at the St. Lawrence Hall; full details can be found here:


      The Dream Team Annual Fundraising Dinner<http://torontotenants.org/events/dream-teams-annual-fundraising-dinner>




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