OPDI News & Events

OPDI NewsToGo Issue #474 March 11, 2016

Highlights include: Legal Aid Ontario's Mental Health Strategy; Sex Reassignment Surgery Access; London ER and MH Care; Bill 95 a Year Later; Precarious Housing; Peer Support-Delivered Drug Services; Webinars; Job Postings Include ED of NISA; News; and More.


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NEWS AND OPINIONS
 

1.  Ontario Newsroom

The Ontario Government is strenghtening smoking laws with respect to electronic cigarettes and medical marijuana.  We have the press release and media article:

Ontario Taking Further Steps to Protect People from Second-Hand Smoke and Vapour

Ontario Bans E-Cigarettes, Vaporizers Where Smoking Already Prohibited

The province has passed the Sexual Harassment and Violence Action Plan, and also released a progress report:

Ontario Passes Act to Stop Sexual Violence and Harassment

2.  London ER and Mental Health Services Continue to be Flashpoint for the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care

The local newspaper is focusing its reporting on critical issues of care:

Critical Bed Shortage for Mental Health Patients Raised at Queen's Park

Ontario Health Minister Eric Hoskins Feels Heat Over Emergency Room Bottleneck in London

Report Exposed Gaps in Psychiatric Care Two Years Ago


3.  Legal Aid Ontario Releases Mental Health Strategy

This press release which includes the discussion paper highlights a multi-pronged strategy including making legal services where mental health clients are likely to be found, working with other organizations (MHCC and CMHA Ontario), expansion of legal aid coverage, and proactively helping people tell their own stories in preparing to testify in court.  Kudos to Ryan Fritsch for his hard work:

LAO Outlines Its Strategy to Help Mental Health Clients

4.  Federal Prison Ombudsman Makes Strongest Case Yet to Stop Solitary Confinement

In his Annual Report, Howard Sapers notes that though segregation has decreased, the practice is still used on those who are mentally ill or at risk of self-harm or suicide:

Prison Watchdog Calls for End to Solitary for Mentally Ill Inmates

5.  Ontario Changes Sex Reassignment Surgery OHIP Criteria

We have a press release and a news story touching on the expanded access to care:

Sex Reassignment Surgery

Ontario Boosts Access for Trans People Seeking Gender Confirmation Surgery

6.  Muted Reaction to Toronto Police Shooting of Man with Mental Health History

As these two stories show, key differences emerge when compared with past incidents:

Ottawa Man Shot Dead by Toronto Police Struggled with Bipolar Disorder

Man Shot Dead by Toronto Police ID'ed as Missing Ottawa Resident

7.  Kevin Healey and His Monthly Coffee Cafe Meetings to Discuss "Hearing Voices"

The Toronto Star has a nice write-up:

Toronto Cafe Hosts Monthly Meeting on Hearing Voices

That monthly monthly takes place the first Monday between 6 and 8 pm.

Hearing Voices Group (3rd Thursday each month)

Accepting Voices Workshop March 26

For more information e-mail voicestoronto@hotmail.com.
The website is recoverynet.ca.

8.  Private Member's Bill 95 on Ontario Mental Health -- an Update

A year ago, NDP MPP Teresa Armstrong of London proposed a bill that would take up one recommendation of the 2011 report of the Select Committee on Mental Health and Addictions:  to create a body called Mental Health and Addictions Ontario to oversee these services.  Here is a non-progress report:

Mental Health, Addictions Proposed for One Agency

RESEARCH HIGHLIGHTS AND RESOURCES

9.  Interview with Dr. Jiljian Voronka:  "Precarious Housing and Psychiatric Disability"

In this accessible blog entry in the Public Policy and Governance Review, the author sheds light on Dr. Voronka's work with Housing First, the MHCC research project and her teaching at Ryerson a course on "The History of Madness", and outlines some of the principles so welcome in an academic with lived experience:

Precarious Housing and Disability: How to Ensure Development Over Displacement

10.   Systemic Review of Peer-Delivered Drug Support Services in the US

This 2016 peer-reviewed journal article is made available through free access and is cautiously positive about the benefits of such supports:

Peer-Delivered Recovery Support Services for Addictions in the United States:  A Systemic Review

11.  Physician-Assisted Death and Mental Health

We can read the perspectives of the President of the Canadian Psychiatric Assocation and a family member in this piece about the ramifications of the Canadian Supreme Court ruling:

Decided on Assisted Death in Context of Mental Health Highly Complex

12.  Why the Interest in a Basic Income?

Maybe it's because there is a recognition that we need a fresh approach to the poverty-reduction meme:

Basic Income:  New Life for an Old Idea

13.  Summary of Cochrane Systematic Review of Crisis Intervention for Severe Mental Illness

This writeup in The Mental Elf considers some of the problematic issues in doing a systemic review, including the lack of fresh randomized control trials and the unrealistic exclusion of clients that were most at risk and those who practiced substance use in studies:

Crisis Intervention for Severe Mental Illness;  Cochrane Call for More Evidence

14.  TVO's "The Agenda" Looks at PTSD and First Responders

Through interviews, the news program looks at the workplace culture of first responders and considers why change is necessary:

Rescuing the Rescuers

ADVICE (NOT PEER-REVIEWED)

15.  How New Zealand and England are Using Televison to Talk about Mental Health

Using entertainment as a vehicle for public education about this topic is the subject of this column:

How Mental Health Experts are Secretly Rewriting Television

OPPORTUNITIES AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

16.  Webinar:  Improving Police-Hospital Transitions -- A Framework for Ontario

March 30 @ 12:00 noon EST

The Provincial HSJCC is currently working on a Police-Hospital Transition project. Join our next webinar to hear about the project work to date and provide your input into the draft police-hospital transition framework.

This draft framework is designed to provide police services and hospitals in communities across Ontario with the tools necessary to establish effective police-hospital transition protocols for individuals experiencing a mental health and addictions-related crisis that have been apprehended under the Mental Health Act and subsequently accompanied to a hospital emergency department for assessment and care.

In this free webinar you will:

  • Learn about the draft Police-Hospital Transition framework and tools to create a police hospital transition protocol
  • Have an opportunity to give your feedback

Target audience: HSJCC Network (local, regional and provincial HSJCC members), police officers, hospital staff, individuals with lived experience, government ministry staff.

Date: Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Time: 12:00 noon - 1:30 pm EST

The presenters:

  • Phil Lillie, Retired Detective Sergeant, Durham Regional Police Services; Police-Hospital Transition Task Force Co-Facilitator
  • Jenna Hitchcox, Project Manager, HSJCC Secretariat
  • Diana McDonnell, Executive Director, Lanark County Mental Health
  • Jodi Younger, Clinical Director, General Psychiatry & Addiction Services, St. Joseph's Healthcare, Hamilton


Sign up for this event today! Registration is FREE but space is limited and often fills up quickly. Once registered, you will receive the login details a few days before the webinar.  To register for this webinar, CLICK HERE  

For more information about this webinar, please contact Jenna Hitchcox at jhitchcox@ontario.cmha.ca 


17.  MHCC Recovery-Oriented Practice Webinar:  Recovery is About Transforming Services and Systems

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 third webinar in this series on Thursday, March 17, 2016. This webinar will discuss the importance of transforming services and systems. The guest speaker for this webinar is Dr. Ian Dawe, Physician-in-Chief at Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences.

 

RECOVERY IS ABOUT TRANSFORMING SERVICES AND SYSTEMS
Thursday, March 17, 2016
1:00 to 2:00pm EST

The MHCC’s webinars on recovery-oriented practice are designed for everyone involved in mental health services, including people living with mental health problems or illnesses and their families. Most of all, the webinars are intended for people who can help make the practical, organizational, and cultural shifts needed to develop a truly recovery-oriented mental health system.

This free webinar will be in English and a recording will be available on the website in April 2016. The PowerPoint presentation will also be available afterwards in both English and French. Please note that the MHCC is also planning a live French webinar series with dates to be announced soon.

For more information, please visit the MHCC website or join the conversation on Twitter: #mhcchopelives

For more information contact:

Bonita Varga
Knowledge Broker
Knowledge Exchange Centre
613-683-3745
bvarga@mentalhealthcommission.ca

- See more at: http://www.mentalhealthcommission.ca/English/issues/recovery/recovery-oriented-practice-webinars#sthash.tipkRKNL.dpuf

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 third webinar in this series on Thursday, March 17, 2016. This webinar will discuss the importance of transforming services and systems. The guest speaker for this webinar is Dr. Ian Dawe, Physician-in-Chief at Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences.

 

RECOVERY IS ABOUT TRANSFORMING SERVICES AND SYSTEMS
Thursday, March 17, 2016
1:00 to 2:00pm EST

The MHCC’s webinars on recovery-oriented practice are designed for everyone involved in mental health services, including people living with mental health problems or illnesses and their families. Most of all, the webinars are intended for people who can help make the practical, organizational, and cultural shifts needed to develop a truly recovery-oriented mental health system.

This free webinar will be in English and a recording will be available on the website in April 2016. The PowerPoint presentation will also be available afterwards in both English and French. Please note that the MHCC is also planning a live French webinar series with dates to be announced soon.

For more information, please visit the MHCC website or join the conversation on Twitter: #mhcchopelives

For more information contact:

Bonita Varga
Knowledge Broker
Knowledge Exchange Centre
613-683-3745
bvarga@mentalhealthcommission.ca

- See more at: http://www.mentalhealthcommission.ca/English/issues/recovery/recovery-oriented-practice-webinars#sthash.tipkRKNL.dpuf

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 third webinar in this series on Thursday, March 17, 2016. This webinar will discuss the importance of transforming services and systems. The guest speaker for this webinar is Dr. Ian Dawe, Physician-in-Chief at Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences.

 

RECOVERY IS ABOUT TRANSFORMING SERVICES AND SYSTEMS
Thursday, March 17, 2016
1:00 to 2:00pm EST

The MHCC’s webinars on recovery-oriented practice are designed for everyone involved in mental health services, including people living with mental health problems or illnesses and their families. Most of all, the webinars are intended for people who can help make the practical, organizational, and cultural shifts needed to develop a truly recovery-oriented mental health system.

This free webinar will be in English and a recording will be available on the website in April 2016. The PowerPoint presentation will also be available afterwards in both English and French. Please note that the MHCC is also planning a live French webinar series with dates to be announced soon.

For more information, please visit the MHCC website or join the conversation on Twitter: #mhcchopelives

For more information contact:

Bonita Varga
Knowledge Broker
Knowledge Exchange Centre
613-683-3745
bvarga@mentalhealthcommission.ca

- See more at: http://www.mentalhealthcommission.ca/English/issues/recovery/recovery-oriented-practice-webinars#sthash.tipkRKNL.dpuf

 

Sign up for the MHCC’s new recovery-oriented practice webinars.

 

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 third webinar in this series on Thursday, March 17, 2016. This webinar will discuss the importance of transforming services and systems. The guest speaker for this webinar is Dr. Ian Dawe, Physician-in-Chief at Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences.

 

 

 

REGISTER HERE

 

 

 

Recovery is about Transforming Services and Systems

 

 

 

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Thursday, March 17, 2016
1-2 p.m. ET

 

 

 

 

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Guest Speaker:

Dr. Ian Dawe is the Physician-in-Chief of Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences. He provides leadership for medical professional practice and champions the quality and safety of medical practice and care. He was also integral in transforming Ontario Shores to a recovery model of care.

 

 

 

The MHCC’s webinars on recovery-oriented practice are designed for everyone involved in mental health services, including people living with mental health problems or illnesses and their families. Most of all, the webinars are intended for people who can help make the practical, organizational and cultural shifts needed to develop a truly recovery-oriented mental health system.

 

 

This free webinar will be in English and a recording will be available on the website in April 2016. The PowerPoint presentation will also be available afterwards in both English and French. Additionally, please note that the MHCC is planning a live French webinar series with dates to be announced soon. 

Next month’s webinar on recovery-oriented practice will occur April 21,
1-2 p.m. ET

For more information, please visit the MHCC website or join the conversation on Twitter
#mhcchopelives

Or Contact:
Bonita Varga
Knowledge Broker, Knowledge Exchange Centre
613-683-3745
bvarga@
mentalhealthcommission.ca

 

 

 

18.  Job Postings

NISA (Sudbury CSI) is looking for an Executive Director.  All the very best to Shana Calixte on her next posting!  There is also a Outreach Peer Support Coordinator position vacancy advertised on the same webpage.

OPDI Associate Member PARC (Toronto) is hiring two housing support workers for Edmond's Place.

Montfort Hospital (Ottawa) is looking for a bilingual Rapid Access Navigator for its mental health and drug program.

The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care is looking for a Business Advisor for its Health Data Branch (North York or Kingston).

19.  Mental Health Week:  Mental Health Network of Chatham-Kent Flyer

Check out this poster -- it's very impressive that the Mayor of Chatham is not only raising the flag but taking part in a barbeque!

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