OPDI NewsToGo Issue #373 – December 6, 2013
Highlights include: MHCC Guidelines for the Practice and Training of Peer Support; Legal Aid Ontario Mental Health Strategy Paper; Canada’s Military and Mental Health; Ashley Smith Inquest; Mental Health Records; 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.
NEWS AND OPINIONS
1. Mental Health Commission of Canada Releases Guidelines for Peer Support
The Mental Health Commission of Canada is pleased to share with you the Guidelines for the Practice and Training of Peer Support, which was released this week. Developed in collaboration with peer support workers across the country over the last two years, each set of Guidelines is focused on the empathetic and supportive role of a peer support worker in fostering hope, empowerment, and recovery.
Guidelines for the Practice of Peer Support outlines the key elements of peer support, provides values and principles of practice to guide a peer support program, and specifies the related skills and abilities required by a peer support worker.
Guidelines for the Training of Peer Support outline the skills and knowledge to be included in peer support worker training programs.
To download the Guidelines, access a one-page overview of the Guidelines, or learn more about our work in the area of peer support, please click here.
2. Legal Aid Ontario Releases Mental Health Strategy
Legal Aid Ontario has produced a consultation paper on how to improve legal aid services to individuals with a mental health diagnosis. This document will also be used in public consultations in the next months.
The press release is here:
The paper can also be downloaded and a webpage offers room for written submissions here:
3. Suicide and the Canadian Military
The question of mental health in the military has been a high-profile issue this week:
4. Focus on Police and Tasers
This past week’s inquest focused on the testimony of the police officer involved in the Michael Eligon shooting:
On a related note, in a bizarre judicial proceeding, an indictment has been filed against an emotionally disturbed individual who was shot at by New York Police Department officers. He wasn’t hit, but two bystanders were wounded. Now he’s been charged with assault:
5. Ashley Smith Inquest Drawing to a Close
The Ashley Smith jury has begun deliberations:
Ashley Smith Inquest: Jurors Begin Deliberations
6. Update: Mental Health Records and U.S. Border Admissions
We have follow-up stories to the incident where a woman was refused admission to the U.S. when border officials disclosed mental health information to her:
For more information, please check out the Provincial Psychiatric Advocate Office information sheet:
The Ontario Mental Health Police Records Check Coalition website has a relevant webpage here:
7. Medical Suspensions of Drivers’ Licences
This Toronto Star columnist takes us into a forum where people discussed the arbitrary loss of driving privileges. We also have a tipsheet frm the PPAO:
8. Federal Government Drug Approval Guidelines Questioned
The approval of the generic form of the opioid oxycodone is the focus of this article:
RESEARCH HIGHLIGHTS AND RESOURCES
9. A Critical Opinion of Peer Support in Mental Health
This piece pulls no punches in asking some hard questions about the model of peer support and its sustainability:
10.Housing First/Chez Soi Updates
Once again, the Montreal site of “Housing First/Chez Soi” faces a loss of funding. Two Nova Scotia professionals write about the benefits of housing in mental health:
OPPORTUNITIES AND ANNOUCEMENTS
11.Ontario Human Rights Commission – Online Course “Duty to Accommodate”
Duty to accommodate: what does it really mean?
Under Ontario’s Human Rights Code, employers, housing and service providers have a legal duty to accommodate. Accommodation usually involves needs linked to disability, beliefs and practices related to a person’s creed or religion, family responsibilities or gender. But what does this really mean? The OHRC’s new eLearning module, The duty to accommodate, provides some answers.
This new module of the HR101 eLearning series can help you learn:
- What accommodating means and why it’s important to remove barriers
- How to apply the duty to accommodate at work, in services and in housing
- Rights and responsibilities for accommodating
Getting started is easy! Human Rights and the Duty to Accommodate is available on the Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) website at www.ohrc.on.ca/en/learning/human-rights-and-duty-accommodate.
Need more information? For more information, or if you need help connecting to the module, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
12.PSR Conference 2013 Presentations Now Online/2014 Conference “Save the Date”
The 2013 presentations are available on the PSR Canada website:
SAVE THE DATE
September 22nd - Institute Program
September 23rd - 24th, 2014 - Conference Program
September 25th - 26th, 2014 - Housing Symposium
PARTNERS IN RECOVERY: UNCOVERING POTENTIAL
Toronto Marriott Downtown Eaton Centre Hotel 525 Bay Street, Toronto, Ontario
Join us in Toronto for opportunities to learn, share and network.
Meet some of our Keynotes & Institute Presenters
Jennifer Poole from Ryerson University
Meaghan Buisson, BodyWhys
Jakki Petricca - S TALK: Suicide prevention
Dana Martel - OSI & Treatment Modalities with VAC Rehabilitation Program
13.Voices of Hope Winter 2013 Issue (Waypoint Patient Client and Family Council)
The December 2013 issue can be accessed here:
14.MHRC (Hamilton) Computer Trainer
Please see the attached ad for a computer trainer for this Hamilton-area CSI.
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