OPDI News & Events

OPDI NewsToGo Issue #471 February 12, 2015

Highlights include: OPDI Peer Support Core Essentials (TM) Training in London and Sault Ste. Marie; ODSP Medical Reviews Update; Deconstructing the Schizophrenia "Breakthrough"; November 2015 Health Quality Ontario MH & A Panel on YouTube; Job Postings; News; and More.

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1.  Announcement of London OPDI Peer Support Core Essentials ™ Training
Please see the attachment for exciting details about the March 7 - 11 training program taking place in London.  The registration form is enclosed.  For more information, please email opdi@opdi.org.
2.  Announcement of Sault Ste. Marie OPDI Peer Support Core Essentials ™ Training
Please see the attachment for exciting details about the March 14 - 18 training program taking place in Sault Ste. Marie.  The registration form is enclosed.  For more information, please email opdi@opdi.org.

3.  Ontario Newsroom

The province is funding research into sexual violence and harassment:

Ontario Funding New Research on Sexual Violence and Harassment

Access to legal services for families who require help in issues around family law has been problematic, especially when only lawyers are currently allowed to be the representatives in court.  The high incidence of people representing themselves is problematic.  Public feedback is sought on whether a broader spectrum of legal representatives can be allowed:

Province Seeking Feedback to Make Family Legal Services More Accessible

4.   Important News about ODSP Medical Reviews

The Ministry of Community and Social Services has revised its medical review process.  You can read all about it courtesy of the Income Security Access Clinic newsletter with its link to the Ministry's website and their announcement:

Improving ODSP Medical Reviews

5.  Michael Kirby Calls for Mental Health Funding

The retired senator so pivotal in the establishment of the Mental Health Commission of Canada has called for more funding for psychological services so that children and youth's mental health needs can be addressed:

End "Two-Tier" Mental Health System, Michael Kirby Urges

The Ottawa Citizen's editorial board also suggests that the private sector has a part in play in mental health funding:

Let's Talk About Funding for Mental Health Care

6.  Euthanasia and People with Psychiatric Issues

Coming as it does in the midst of a national debate, this report of a Dutch study showing that people who opted for this alternative had "chronic, severe conditions" and reactions from stakeholders is informative:

Review of Euthanasia in Psychiatric Patients Raising "Serious Concerns"

7.  Emerging Practices:  Brief Intensive Home-based Treatment and Mental Health Drop-in at the Local Library

Here's a report of a Quebec psychiatric team that makes house calls:

Former Psychiatric Nurse Vouches for Home-based Care for Psychotic Son

CMHA Simcoe County is making a mental health worker available on Tuesdays at the Innisfil library:

Mental Health Drop-in Centre Comes to Innisfil

8.  When Public Housing Needs to be Supportive Housing Too

This story looks at the unmet special needs of people who are in subsidized housing but who need a higher level of services:

Mental Health of Tenants a Struggle for TCHC

9.  Addiction and Race

This article asks some hard questions about substance abuse seen through a racial lens:

When Addiction Has a White Face


10.  Deconstructing the Latest "Breakthrough" on Schizophrenia

This "Mad in America" blog entry calmly assesses the report of the discovery of a molecular process that might explain the nature of psychosis:

And Now for Something Completely the Same

11.   November 2015 Health Quality Ontario Mental Health and Addictions Panel Discussion (Pat Capponi)

The video of November's discussion featuring Susan Piggott (chair of the MH & A Leadership Advisory Council), Pat Capponi, Catherine Zahn (CAMH CEO), Paul Kurdyak (CAMH researcher), and Sharon Smith (MoHLTC) can be found here.  Pat's commentary starts at 19:45.

Mental Health and Addictions Care in Ontario:  Towards a High Performing System

12.  Firsthand Account:  Depression While Pregnant

The writer shares her feelings about what happened during her pregnancy:

The Science of Treating Depression During Pregnancy

13.  The Link between Concussions and Suicide

Having experienced a concussion triples one's chances:

Concussion Raises Long-Term Suicide Risk

14.  Featured Reading -- Obituary of Dr. Oliver Sacks

This extended piece on the life of the author/neurologist is illuminating in showing the gift Dr. Sacks had in his power of observations and putting them into words:

Awakenings:  How Oliver Sacks Put a Human Face on the Science of the Mind


15.  "Opening Up about Depression"

A male health journalist speaks up:

Opening Up About Depression

16.  Save the Date -- June 22-23 Implementation Learning Institute

Please refer to this poster for more information.

17.  Job Postings

CAMH is hiring (finally) a replacement for the late Diana Capponi.  They are looking for an Employment Works Coordinator.

Progress Place, the Toronto clubhouse, is looking for a Mental Health Worker.

Stella's Place (Toronto), is looking for a Peer Support Program Coordinator for a short-term opportunity.

18.  Call for Applications for the Paula Goering Collaborative Research and Knowledge Translation Award (repeat)

Submit your application for the Paula Goering 2016 Award
This award recognizes an innovative researcher-knowledge user collaborative project for integrated knowledge translation in the area of mental health and addictions.

The $2000 award is named in recognition of Dr. Paula Goering’s wide-ranging and significant contributions to the field of mental health services research in Canada and internationally, including advancements in the field of knowledge translation.

The Award Committee is inviting applicants for partnership projects that specifically demonstrate use of an integrated knowledge translation approach.

For more information about the criteria and application process click here. The deadline for applications is March 11, 2016. The award recipient will be notified by April 29, 2016.

19.  Peer Support Training (George Brown College and Stella's Place)

Stella's Place and George Brown College are offering peer support training.

Please refer to the application form for more details.

20.  Schizophrenia Society of Ontario Scholarship Applications

Find out more about how to apply by March 21, 2016.  We have attached the application package for your information.

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