OPDI News & Events

OPDI NewsToGo Issue #465 December 23, 2015

Highlights include: MH & A Leadership Council 2015 Report; Health Quality Ontario's Taking Stock; New Patient Ombudsman; Legal Aid App; Job Postings; and More.

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1. Announcement of Toronto 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 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 January 6, 12:00pm – 1:00pm 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.  First Annual Report of the Mental Health and Leadership Council Released

The 2015 annual report of the Council was recently released.  The revised membership of the Council can also be found on this webpage:

Ontario Mental Health and Addictions Advisory Leadership Council

3.   Ontario Announces 1,000 Units of Supportive Housing

A companion development to the Council's 2015 report was a response to one of the five recommendations for more supportive housing.  The government will be investing in supportive housing:

Ontario Invests in 1,000 Supportive Housing Units

Bundled in this press release was the setting aside of $2 million dollars for indigenous mental health and addictions.

4.  Health Quality Ontario Releases Report on Mental Health and Addictions

Health Quality Ontario has released a report on the impact of mental health and addiction issues in the province, and at the same time examines the quality of care Ontarians are receiving.  You can access this report on their website:

New Mental Health and Addictions Report:  Taking Stock

5.  Op-Ed:  We Need an Assistant Deputy Minister of Patient and Caregiver Experience

This is a very heartfelt appeal:

It's Time to Listen to Patients and Caregivers

6.  Drug Alert in Grey-Bruce County

The nature of the intravenous drug is not yet known:

Health Unit Warns About Deadly Heroin in Grey-Bruce

7.  Controversial CAMH Children, Youth, and Gender Family Identity Clinic To Close

CAMH’s controversial Children, Youth, and Gender Family Identity Clinic will close following an external review.  We have the press release with links to the report, a news report, the NDP LGBTQ critic’s response, and a commentary:

CAMH to Make Changes to Child and Youth Gender Identity Services

CAMH to “wind down” Gender Identity Clinic After Damning Review of Services

Cheri DiNovo Applauds Closure of CAMH’s Controversial Gender identity Clinic

Discredited Treatment of Trans Kids at CAMH Shouldn’t Shock Us

8.  Christine Elliott Appointed Inaugural Patient Ombudsman

Former PC Deputy Leader Christine Elliott has been named Ontario’s new patient ombudsman effective July 1, 2016:

Liberals Name Conservative Elliott Patient Ombudsman

9.  Taking a Crystal Ball to the Liberals' Health Initiatives

What lies ahead for the new Liberal government when it comes to healthcare?  Several policy analysts make guesses:
What’s Next for the Liberals on Health?


10.   Resource:  Legal Aid App

Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) is launching a mobile phone application (app) for the iPhone, Android and Blackberry devices.  It will help people find out if they are eligible for financial aid and call centre wait times.
11.   Health Insurers and Policy Coverage for Suicide Survivors

Private health insurance plans may not cover medical expenses going forward for those who have attempted suicide

Suicide Attempts and Insurance:  Why You Might Not Be Covered

The Financial Cost of Attempted Suicide, Depression, and Getting Better

12.  Internet-Based Mental Health Therapy:  Pros and Cons

The advantages and disadvantages of online therapy are compared in this article:

Is Internet-Based Mental Health Therapy As Effective as In-Person Therapy?

13.  How Safe Injection Sites Work

Here’s a primer on safe injection sites:

How Safe Injection Sites Really Work

14. More Diversity in Successful Medical School Applicants

Since 98% of all medical school entrants are successful graduates, it makes sense to choose wisely at the beginning of the process:

Less Science, More Diversity:  How Medical School Admissions are Changing

15.  Some Anxiety Apps to Help with Coping

The British author ranks 14 current apps:

14 Apps to Help Manage Anxiety

16.  Mental Health Commission of Canada Recovery- Oriented Practice Webinars Start in January

The Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) is hosting a series of free Recovery-Oriented Practice webinars on the third Thursday of every month at 1:00 p.m. ET.
Sign-up today for the first webinar in this series on Thursday, January 21, 2016. This webinar will discuss recovery in mental health and introduce the MHCC’s Guidelines for Recovery-Oriented Practice. Our guest speaker is Dr. Howard Chodos, former Director of Mental Health Strategy at the MHCC and contributing author of the Guidelines.   Learn more here.

17.  The Ontario Perception of Care Tool for  Mental Health and Addictions (OPOC-MHA):  How does this impact programs and clients?
Join the second Ontario Drug Treatment Funding Program (DTFP) webinar on Friday, January 29, from 1 to 2:30 PM and learn about how the Ontario Perception of Care Tool for Mental Health and Addictions (OPOC-MHA) will impact programs and clients.
Date: Friday, January 29, 2016
Time: 1 to 2:30 pm EST
This webinar will include:

  • An overview of the evidence-based tool which standardizes how programs that provide services for substance use, mental health and concurrent disorders obtain client perception of care feedback from registered clients and family members, significant others and supporters;
  • A walk-through of the online version that will inform organizations of what steps are required to start using the OPOC tool;
  • Information about the type of reports that can be generated from the tool’s use, which can support quality improvement;
  • An update on the tool implementation status and plans (including training and capacity building); and
  • Information about impacts to the system, programs, and clients.

For more information about this webinar see the flyer and to register click here.
For more information about the OPOC-MHA, visit the project web page.

18.  Job Postings

Self Help Resource Centre (Toronto) is hiring a ODSP Peer Navigator Program Coordinator.
CMHA Peel is hiring a Peer Support Worker for its Early Intervention Psychosis Program.
The Ontario Federation of Indigenous Friendship Centres (Toronto) is looking for a Policy Analyst (Mental Health).
The Ontario Nonprofit Network is hiring a Policy and Engagement Coordinator.
19.  National Conference on Peer Support (Toronto, April 27-29) Early Bird Registration Now Available

Registration is now open for the 2nd National Conference on Peer Support (NCPS), to be held in Toronto next April 27 – 29, 2016.    www.ncps-canada.com/registration
Three fantastic keynote speakers are featured, over 45 informative and engaging workshop sessions are offered, and unlimited opportunities to network and collaborate.   

The 2014 conference in Halifax sold out so don't delay!  Register today and prepare to Connect with others at the beautiful Toronto Marriott Downtown Eaton Centre; Grow the field of peer support; and Lead in the field of Recovery.
This conference is hosted by Peer Support Accreditation.


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