OPDI News & Events

OPDI NewsToGo Issue #427 February 10, 2015

Highlights include:   OPDI Peer Support Core Essentials (TM) Training for Toronto and Brantford (new); CAHO Catalyst Reports on Peer Support ARTIC TDM Project; Social Assistance Updates; Health Privacy; Poverty and Social Inclusion Conference; News; and More.

 

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NEWS AND OPINIONS

1. Announcement of Brantford OPDI Peer Support Core Essentials ™ Training

See the attached poster and registration form for exciting details about a March 2015 training program taking place in Brantford.  Please note that we must have a minimum of 10 people to proceed with the training. 
 
If you are interested in learning more about OPDI Peer Support Core Essentials ™ Training please join us for a free webinar on Wednesday, February 18th @ 12:00pm Toronto time.  The topic is related to the process and expectations of training, and potential  training participants (or their sponsoring employers) are welcome to attend and have all questions answered.  To register please email opdi@opdi.org.

2. Announcement of Toronto OPDI Peer Support Core Essentials ™ Training (repeat)

See the attached poster and registration form for exciting details about a March 2015 training program taking place in Toronto.  Please note that we must have a minimum of 10 people to proceed with the training. 
 
If you are interested in learning more about OPDI Peer Support Core Essentials ™ Training please join us for a free webinar on Wednesday, February 18th @ 12:00pm Toronto time.  The topic is related to the process and expectations of training, and potential  training participants (or their sponsoring employers) are welcome to attend and have all questions answered.  To register please email opdi@opdi.org.
 
3. Social Assistance In the News (Updates)

The Ontario government is now reviewing its much unloved new software that was to serve ODSP and Ontario Assistance recipients:

Liberals Order Independent Review of Welfare Computer System Troubles

Moreover, the Ministry of Community and Social Services is holding back the changes to the Employment Benefit for ODSP recipients that had been earlier criticized:

http://www.mcss.gov.on.ca/en/mcss/news/releases/2015/20150210.aspx
 
It is clearly evident, in this Op-Ed by Carol Goar of the Toronto Star, that the method literally does not match the madness (software unsuitable for a transient and cognitively vulnerable population):

Stop Blaming “Computer Glitch” for Welfare Woes

Furthermore, John Stapleton makes a very good point – no other target population has to file a monthly income adjustment:

Guaranteed Annual Income Contains Three Words:  Let’s Talk about the “Annual” Part

4. "A Measurable System Impact, an Immeasurable Impact on Clients"

These memorable words summarize the results of the successful CAHO (Council of Academic Hospitals) ARTIC (Adopting Research into Practice) TDM (Transitional Discharge Model) Project -- a collaboration between the Lawson Institute, OPDI, partnering hospitals, and peer support organizations to show the demonstrable benefits of bringing mutual support in improving the mental health outcomes of discharged psychiatric inpatients.  You can read the summary excerpted from the February 2015 Catalyst (CAHO e-newsletter) here:

http://bit.ly/1KEEkzR

5. Ontario Government Newsroom
 
The Ontario government announces an online consultation tool for people who want to be involved in the upcoming provincial budget:

Ontario Launches Online Consultation Tool

A $75 million dollar investment in reducing wait times for homecare services was announced.  The press release mentions alleviating the pressure to help people with chronic diseases such as dementia:

Reducing Wait Times for Homecare Services

6. Innovative Practice:  Future Psychiatrists Partner with Past Service Users

The CAMH blog entry uses the self-penned words of a psychiatrist (Dr. Sacha Agrawal) and a mental health advocate (Pat Capponi) to share the impact of a learning program partnering 4th-year psychiatry students with people having lived experience:

From Surviving to Advising

7. Innovative Practice (from EENet):  Mobile Technology and Transition-Aged Youth
 
Thanks to EENet for sharing a promising practice:  LOFT Community Services, a mental health and addictions service provider, keeps in touch with the individuals in its youth programs and offers support through mobile devices:

Using Mobile Technology to Serve Transitional Aged Youth

8. Peer Support and Cancer Survivors

The transferability of peer support and its benefits are portrayed here:

Cancer, Conversation, and a Bunch of Guys

9. Recent Sudbury By-Election was a Missed Opportunity for Discussing Mental Health and Addictions

The recent provincial Sudbury-area by-election was overshadowed by political controversy, and as this article shows, missed the mark on highlighting mental health and addictions as a meaningful issue:

Sudbury Campaign Ignores Mental Health Issues

RESEARCH HIGHLIGHTS AND RESOURCES

10. Mental Health Commission of Canada Releases Paper on E-Health and Mental Health

The Mental Health Commission of Canada has recently put out a paper on E-Health and mental health.  The use of the Internet in providing peer support is specifically discussed in page 13 as a means of virtual patient empowerment; the whole paper deserves to be read.

This report can be accessed here:  http://t.co/lUwfG7AQzl.

11. What You Need to Know about Health Privacy

With the recent spate of stories about hospital staff violating patient confidentiality by accessing their health records, this story is timely:

Ontario Lags Other Provinces in Updating Health Privacy Laws

With this in mind, the Ontario Information and Privacy Commissioner published this resource:

Detecting and Deterring Unauthorized Access to Personal Health Information

Kate Dewhirst (former counsel to CAMH) summarizes key points in her blog entry:

Ontario’s IPC Launches New Resources to Guard Against Snooping

12. Why Psychiatry Ignores Trauma (embedded video)

This blog entry introduces us to a Dutch psychiatrist whose 4-minute video is precise and clear on what mainstream psychiatry may have overlooked:

Psychiatry Ignores Trauma, Says Dr. Bessel van der Kolk

13. Excess Brain Activity Anticipates a Mental Health Diagnosis in the Future

Researchers believe that excess activity in the amygdala (the part of the brain that controls decision-making and responses to threats) is a precursor years ahead to an eventual mental health diagnosis:

Measuring this Brain Region Could Predict Depression and Anxiety

OPPORTUNITIES AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

14. Poverty and Social Inclusion CURA2 Conference
 
The conference organizers invite people to present on issues and/or solutions related to poverty, social Inclusion, and/or psychiatric survivors/ consumers. There will be a $100 award for the best student presentation, lived experience presentation, and community solution presentation:

Call for Abstracts

15. Research Coordinator Job Posting

This is for a research project called Cultural Representations of Gender:

Research Coordinator Cultural Representations of Gender


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