OPDI NewsToGo Issue #455 September 21, 2015
Highlights include:Tougher Health Privacy Law; Toronto Police Make Changes After Shooting Deaths; NDP Health Platform; Coordinating Mental Health Care; Diversion from the ER Practice; Antidepressants in the News; and More.
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NEWS AND OPINIONS
1. Ontario Newsroom
Community-based sexual assault centres have received a boost of $1.75 million annually in funding for services that include crisis helplines and peer support:
Ontario Expands Support for Survivors of Sexual Violence
The Health Information Protection Act has been introduced to improve accountability and transparency in the health care system:
Ontario Taking Action to Protect Patient Privacy and Improve Transparency
Further commentary is available in this article:
Ontario Tables New Patient Privacy Law
2. Updates in Aftermath of Sammy Yatim Shooting by Toronto Police
We have updates on what the police have achieved in the year after the Sammy Yatim shooting and Justice Iacobucci report:
Toronto Police Reveal Details of “Zero Deaths” Report Implementation
Deputy Chief Says Changes After Yatim Shooting “The Furthest Extent” That Police Can Go
Toronto Police Will Soon Carry “Less Lethal” Bean Bag Guns
Toronto Police Face Second Lawsuit in Shooting Death of Sammy Yatim
3. NDP Health Platform Includes Youth Mental Health
The federal NDP has laid out its health platform for the federal election: it includes $500 million in new investment, and also includes $100 million for youth mental health:
Tom Mulcair Lays Out NDP Plan to Improve Youth Mental-Health Care
NDP Prescribes $500 Million for Health Care System
4. Coordinating Mental Health Care in Guelph
The Waterloo-Wellington LHIN reports progress through several initiatives in this city:
Guelph General Hospital Review Indicates Mental Health Patients Need Coordinated Care
5. Promising Practice: Diverting Substance Misuse from the ER
In Sudbury, The ED Diversion Project is a pilot whereby paramedics who are answering a call for someone who is under the influence of substance misuse have the option of assessing the situation and taking that person directly to withdrawal management services at the local hospital, rather than going to the emergency department, thereby reducing wait times:
Program Diverts Sudbury’s Addicts
6. Google to Invest in Mental Health
Google has hired away the U.S.’s top scientist when it comes to the brain (the departing head of the National Institute for Mental Health). What does it mean?
Google Life Sciences Hires the Government’s Top Brain Scientist
7. New Report Catalogues Impact of Brain Disorders
What is the impact of brain diseases, disorders, and injuries on people and their caregivers in economic terms? This new report commissioned by the Neurological Health Charities Canada attempts to find out:
Landmark Report Could Help Canadians Affected by Brain Conditions Remain Employed Says Leading Brain Health Coalition
8. Pro-Active Approach to Narcotics in Toronto and Calgary
Naloxone Overdose Kits Now in Use in Toronto and Calgary:
Toronto Turning to Addicts to Stop Drug Overdoses
Fentanyl Antidote Kits Saving Lives in Calgary
9. Answers from the Federal Parties on Health Care
The parties were canvassed by the website healthydebate.ca:
Election 2015: The Health Care Debate
RESEARCH HIGHLIGHTS AND RESOURCES
10. A Compilation of Federal Election Resources
The Ontario Health Promotion E-Bulletin in their latest issue has an invaluable collection of all the hyperlinks you need to have to be knowledgeable about the federal election:
Letter from the Editors: October 2015 Federal Election Resources
In particular, if you are interesting in Housing and Homelessness as an election issue, this guide will help:
Housing and Homelessness Election Guide 2015
11. Mental Health Commission of Canada Releases Report on Emerging Adults in Mental Health and Addictions Services
In their own words, “this comprehensive report, commissioned by the MHCC and developed in partnership with a research team from the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario, details the current state of policies and practices in the area of youth transitioning from child and youth to adult mental health and addiction services.”
Taking the Next Step Forward
The report notes that during this period (ages 16-25) is when 75% of all adult mental health disorders emerge.
12. Paxil Study Debunked after 14 Years
A ground-breaking study that seems to show the benefit of the antidepressant Paxil for young people 14 years ago has had its data re-examined and found misleading:
The Human Cost of a Misleading Drug-Safety Study
Reanalysis Finds Popular Antidepressant Ineffective, Unsafe for Teens
13. Unsettling Relationship Between Antidepressant Use and Violent Crimes in Young People
A Swedish study found that young adults between 15-24 years of age who were using antidepressants were more likely to be convicted of violent crimes:
Rx for Violence? Crime Risk Rises for Young People on Antidepressants, Study Says
14. Sophisticated Virtual Intelligence Interviewer Diagnoses Depression and PSTD
Ellie is a virtual interviewer who uses technology (sensor and webcam) and asks questions to diagnosis PSTD and depression:
Meet Ellie, the Machine That Can Detect Depression
15. Are There Too Few People with Mental Health and Addictions Issues in Medical Research?
Are eligibility rules for participants in medical research trials screening out people with mental health and addictions diagnoses? This researcher says his co-authored study says so:
How People with Mental Illness Get Left Out of Medical Research Studies
OPPORTUNITIES AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
16. Peer Support Training for Parents and Family Members
Are you a parent or family member looking for training to become a peer support worker, supporting other parents and family members? OPDI has had some inquiries in the Toronto area and we are wondering if there is enough interest to run a special parent & family class. If you are interested please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
17. Job Posting
CMHA York and South Simcoe is looking for a Peer Support Specialist for their Early Psychosis Intervention Program.
18. Finding System Reviews of Evidence in Mental Health and Addictions: Webinar Launch
EeNet is partnering with Healthevidence.org to do an online launch via webinar of a resource registry of systematic reviews of evidence in mental health and addictions:
19. Call for Abstracts (National Conference on Peer Support) (repeat)
The webpage for the April 27 - 29, 2016 Toronto conference is here.
The call for abstracts can be found here, and the deadline is September 30, 2015.
20. EPION's 10th Anniversary Conference
The voice of Ontario's Early Psychosis Intervention Services is holding its 10th Anniversary Conference:
EPION Preliminary Program Now Available
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