OPDI News & Events

OPDI NewsToGo Issue #432 March 24, 2015

Highlights include:   Mental Health and Addictions Funding Announcements; Minimum Wage Goes Up; Debit Cards for Ontario Social Assistance Recipients; New Seneca College Mental Health Interventions Program; OPDI Training Expectations Webinar; News; and More.


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1. LHINs Announce Funding for Mental Health and Addictions

The Hamilton Niagara Haldimand Brantford LHIN made announcements about the new mental health and addictions funding in the Niagara and Hamilton areas:

Mental Health Programs Get Funding Boost

Police, Community Leaders Announce $2 Million Towards Mental Health
Peer Support is among the priorities of the mental health and addictions funding for the Mississauga-Halton LHIN:
Flynn Announces $2 Million in Mental Health and Addictions Funding for Mississauga Halton LHIN
North Bay Regional Health Centre is receiving $3.74 million to innovate women’s health care and PEP, the local CSI, will be expanding peer support services to Mattawa as highlights of the North East LHIN funding announcement we reported on last week:
Hospital Leading Way in Women’s Mental Health
Details about the North Simcoe Muskoka LHIN allocation of new monies can be found here:
Investing in Community Mental Health and Addictions Services in North Simcoe Muskoka

2. Ministry of Labour Announces October 1st Minimum Wage Rate Increase

The base rate increases from $11.00 to $11.25 in October.
The press release is here; you can go to the Ministry’s webpage for more information:
Minimum Wage

3. Training Expectations Webinar (repeat)

If you are interested in learning more about OPDI Peer Support Core Essentials ™ Training please join us for a free webinar on Wednesday, April 1st @ 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.

4. Province Plans to Introduce Debit Card for Social Assistance Recipients

Given the problems that the Ministry of Community and Social Services is having with its software in preparing cheques for its rightful recipients, this news report offers criticism from Opposition commentators:

Ontario Set to Replace Welfare Cheques with Debit Cards

5. Mental Health in Schools to be Studied

The Ontario government wants to know what the status of mental health in the school system is:

Groundbreaking McMaster Study to Probe Mental Health at School

6. Seneca College's King Campus Offers New Allied Mental Health Program

Tanya Shute, who successfully transitioned to an academic career from her previous work at the Krasman Centre, is the lead on this initiative:

Taking Mental Health and Well-being Head-On

7. Anti-Cyberbullying Video Hits the Mark

Using "Mean Tweets", the Canadian Safe Schools Network makes a great point:

Kids Read "Mean Tweets"

8. Conservatives' Anti-Safe Injection Site Legislation Passes in House of Commons

Bill C-2 (The Respect for Communities Act) which will attempt to restrict any safe injection sites from operating in Canada, has made it through Parliament and is now introduced in the Senate with the obvious intent of getting the legislation approved before a fall election.  The legislation's history can be tracked here:

Open Parliament:  Bill C-2

Commentary from the Pivot Society (the legal representatives associated with harm reduction rights in B.C.) attests to the wrong-headedness of the proposed law:

Harper Government Moves to Ban Supervised Injection Services for Drug Users in Canada

9. Jails and Mental Illness (CNN's Anderson Cooper Videos)

These two video reports (closed captioned) offers insight into the de facto mental health asylums that jails are becoming:
Over-Criminalized America Part 1

Over-Criminalized America Part 2


10. Long-Term Maintenance Use of Lithium Associated with Kidney Failure

This write-up in the "Mad in America" blog references a Swedish study:
Long-Term Use of Lithium Can Cause Kidney Failure

11. Is There an Evidence-Based Case for AA?

This article summarizes the lack of evidence to support the effectiveness of the abstinence and faith-based approach:
The Irrationality of Alcoholics Anonymous

12. Canadian Study of Not Criminally Responsible Population

The recent study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal shows that people who have been found NCR in the justice system have had reason to use this defence based on their past health history:

Abuse of Insanity Defence is a Myth, Study FInds

13. Suicide Prevention Educational Modules Marketed for Schools May Not Work

Pricey Youth Suicide Prevention Programs


14. Bell Let's Talk Community Fund Application Deadline March 31st

A reminder via the Charity Village website that the Bell Let’s Talk Community Initiatives Fund application deadline is March 31st:
Bell Let’s Talk Community Fund Accepting Applications

15.  Waypoint Research Institute 3rd Annual Conference (U of T):  Knowledge Translation in Mental Health and Addictions

FInd out the details of the June 18-19 conference (workshop on the 17th) here.

16. Waypoint Centre's Voice of Hope Newsletter
The current issue is available here.

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