OPDI News & Events

OPDI NewsToGo Issue #393 - May 16, 2014

Highlights include: Ontario Mental Health and Addictions Alliance Launches Election Website; AODA Alliance Receives Disability Pledges from Parties; Toronto Star Police Records Investigation; PACE and CAHO TDM Project; Peer Navigator Posting (Southlake RHC – Newmarket); News; and More.


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  1. The Ontario Mental Health and Addictions Alliance Launches Election Website

OPDI is a member of this Alliance.  You can visit the website to find out our position and in the coming days to obtain all major party responses to our platform:

  1. Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) Alliance Pledges

The AODA in anticipation of a spring election, posed its questions to the three major parties in March, and has received its responses:
AODA Election Questions and Party Responses
AODA Election Accessibility Speaking Notes

  1. Toronto Star Special Investigation:  Police Records

Here are the links from this series:
No Charges, No Trial But Presumed Guilty
I Had No Idea
There’s Not Much I Can Do
Outrage Follows Star Probe of Police Record Checks
The newspaper has an editorial too.

  1. CAMH Smoking Ban (update)

OPSEU, the public sector union that represents a large proportion of the workers at CAMH, has made its position known regarding the expanded smoking ban in place May 1 at the hospital:
Give CAMH Patients Their Cigarettes Back
In the union online newsletter, it mentions that CAMH staff has a protocol to follow in mailing back cigarettes (?!):
In their Facebook message thread, the EC also mentions that they have been able to obtain lockers for clients in the past to store belongings but they are now being phased out.  It is worth reading posts from April 2014 onwards to follow their coverage on the tobacco ban:
Empowerment Council on Facebook

  1. Hoarding as a Psychiatric Disorder

We hear from a potential consumer and other stakeholders in this story:
Hoarding a Vicious Cycle without Psychological Support

  1. Profile:  A Methadone System in Trouble?

The Toronto Star tackles the thorny issue of methadone dispensing:
A Methadone Dispute and a System in Trouble

  1. New Aboriginal-Themed Addiction Service in Manitoulin Island

Last year, we reported on the closure of a methadone clinic in the area with the passage of a discriminatory zoning by-law.  Now a native-themed approach to caring for persons with a substance use issue is at hand:
Wikwemikong Finalizes Strategies for Circle of Care in the Community

  1. 24/7 Mental Health Line Overwhelmed by Demand

The local CMHA in Dufferin County has established a mental health phone line; one quarter of phone calls are not answered and a significant percentage are from people who are at moderate or high risk for self-harm:
Mental Health Agency Overwhelmed by Call Volumes

  1. John Stapleton Tracks Linda Chamberlain’s Trek for Seniors Benefits

Through shadowing Linda Chamberlain’s efforts to collect full pension benefits, we learn from John’s blog how difficult the government makes it:

  1. Doctors Not Helping Themselves

This is a harrowing account of British doctors who refuse treatment for their own mental health and addiction needs – and the consequences:
Why Doctors Hide Their Own Illnesses


  1. PACE Profiled in CAHO Transitional Discharge Model Project

The work of PACE, the Thunder Bay CSI and two of its Peer Support Workers are discussed in this piece by the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Foundation:
Mental Health Awareness Week

  1. CMHA Ontario Discussion Paper on Health Equity in Mental Health

CMHA Ontario is pleased to launch Advancing Equity in Mental Health in Ontario: Understanding Key Concepts. This discussion paper seeks to increase understanding and dialogue within Ontario’s health system by creating a common language for talking about equity issues in mental health. Please refer to this Mental Health Notes entry for full details:

Building a Common Language

  1. OPP Front Line Officers To Use Mental Health Screening Tool (follow-up)

Last week, we mentioned the new OPP Mental Health Screening Tool to expedite persons with mental health issues in the ER.  We have two related stories:
Police Get New Tool to Help Assess Individuals with Mental Health Problems
Tools Help Barrie Cops Cope with Mental Health Calls

  1. Super-Users of ER Linked to Drug and Alcohol Use

This Michigan study not only confirmed the theory, but set up a protocol to recognize and deal with this issue; subsequently visits by those individuals fell significantly:
Most ER Super Frequent Users are Addicts

  1. Toronto Distress Centres Resources Library

Assessment tools and suicide prevention are among the topics available:


  1. Psychosis 2.0 Conference (Toronto)

Please find the program here – the event is Friday, June 13, 2014 in Toronto.

  1. Peer Navigator Opportunity – Southlake Regional Health Centre (Newmarket)

The job posting is attached.

  1. MHRC (Hamilton) Summer Student Opportunity
The “peer worker in training” posting is attached.

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