OPDI News & Events

OPDI NewsToGo Issue #496 September 7, 2016

Highlights include: OPDI Peer Support Core Essentials (TM) Training; Registrations for OPDI Conference Still Being Accepted;  Medicare Court Challenge; Federal Health Minister Speaks Out; Opioids; Compulsory MH Treatment; Jobs; News; and More.

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1.  OPDI Peer Support Core Essentials Program - Webinar for participants on starting an internship
The next OPDI Peer Support Internship Webinar will be held Thursday, September 15th from 12:00 - 1:00 pm.  If you have completed the OPDI Peer Support Core Essentials (TM) Program and have received a Level 1R you are invited to join if you wish.  Please e-mail opdi@opdi.org and the information to login will be sent to you.
2.  OPDI Peer Support Core Essentials ™ Training Expectations Webinar

OPDI is offering the Training Expectations webinar for OPDI Peer Support Core Essentials Program on Wednesday, October 19th from 12:00pm – 1:00pm.  This webinar is free for those enrolled in training as well as for potential participants and organizations contemplating sponsoring participants.  Please pre-register by emailing opdi@opdi.org and the information to login will be sent to you.

3.   Announcement of Toronto OPDI Peer Support Core Essentials ™ Training

Please see the attachment for exciting details about the November 21 – 25, 2016 training program taking place in Toronto.  The registration form is enclosed.  For more information, please email opdi@opdi.org
Please note: this training requires a minimum of 10 participants to run.

4.  Integration of CSIs in Southwest LHIN Rumoured

We have these news reports to go on:

Local CSIs to be Shut Down by LHIN (CTV News Report)

Can-Voice to be Taken Over by CMHA (broadcast begins at 18:48)

Meantime, CONNECT has received funding until the end of the fiscal year to resume peer support in London:

Mental Health Advocate Walks the Talk by Organizing Wellness Event

5.  Constitutional Court Challenge to Medicare

The Globe and Mail's Andre Picard lays out the background and his own opinion on what should transpire:

Private vs. Public:  B.C. Case Could Reshape Medicare

Doctors in favour of medicare have a different opinion:

B.C. Lawsuit "Potentially A Disaster' For Universal Health Care:  Doctors' Group

6.  Federal Health Minister Speaks to Canadian Medical Association

In a recent speech to the Canadian Medical Association, Jane Philpott indicated that the federal government had strategies in mind when renegotiating the transfer agreement on funding healthcare with the provinces, and followed up in a media interview about mental health being a priority:

Jane Philpott Speech to Canadian Medical Association

Ottawa Will Play Active Role in Improving Health System

Jane Philpott Wants Strings Attached to New Health Spending, Quebec Says No Way

7.  Federal Government To Hold Consultations on Accessibility Legislation

A Liberal MP who is the Federal Minister for Sports and is Minister Responsible for Disabilities will oversee the process of drafting legislation:

Blind MP to Draft Canada's First National Accessibility Law

In this Op-Ed, this social policy professor from the University of Victoria outlines a pro-active framework to encourage greater participation in the workforce by persons with disabilities:

Canadians with Disabilities Need Real Work, Real Pay, Real Leadership

8.  Ontario Newsroom

A new framework will result in limits and restrictions on the pay of executives in the broader public sector (in particular, those earning over $100,000):

Ontario Capping Salary and Performance Pay For Broader Public Sector Organizations

9.   Update on Opioids

Stigma is driving the fentanyl crisis:

Dr. Jane Buxton Says Stigma Around Drug Use Contributing to Fentanyl Epidemic

An elephant tranquilizer has made its way to North America and in minute quantities is creating huge numbers of overdoses:

Drug Linked in Ohio Overdoes Can Kill in Doses Smaller than a Snowflake

Poor data results in non-existent policy; both must change:

Ottawa Must Act Quickly on Opioid Crisis

10.  Ontario Newsroom

Ontario is funding $16 million in dedicated nursing hours for hospital emergency departments to cut down on wait times for patients:

Ontario Investing $16 Million to Improve Care in Emergency Rooms

11.  A Helpline for Seniors That Staves off Loneliness

In Britain, social isolation is viewed as a public health issue:

Researchers Confront an Epidemic of Loneliness

12.  Should You Be Able to Text Your Therapist?

This article considers the benefits and concerns around this:

Psychotherapy by Emoji:  Mental Health Community Wrestles with Texting

13.  Stop Using Language That Stigmatizes Mental Health

The author sprinkles poor choices of words as examples with explanations of why their use is inappropriate:

We Need to Change the Way We Talk about Mental Health

14.  Legalized Marijuana and Driving While Impaired:  an American Perspective

Unlike alcohol impairment, assessing the impact of marijuana use while driving can be much more difficult:

The Difficulty of Enforcing Laws Against Driving While High


15.  Australian Survey Compiles Views of People on Compulsory Treatment

The report details a consultation with those who had been detained under that country's version of the Mental Health Act, and surveys their thoughts on barriers to treatment, decision-making, and what helped (and what didn't):.  A webpage explaining the context with a link to the report is here.

16.  Profile of Psychiatric Survivor Archives of Toronto

We have profiles and explanations of 11 articles from the collection:

11 Powerful Artifacts from the PSAT


17.  Health Quality Transformation 2016

On October 20, Health Quality Ontario will host Health Quality Transformation (HQT2016) in Toronto, featuring over 20 breakout sessions that have been developed to align with how to build a quality system, and support the advancement of a just, patient-centred, and high performing health system.  Register here.

18.  Join EENet's Webinar on:  Improving Primary Health Care by Reducing Stigma

Stigma is a major source of harm for individuals with mental health and substance use issues. It can lead them to avoid seeking help and using services. Health care providers, like the general public, are not immune to attitudes and behaviours that stigmatize these individuals.
The Office of Transformative Global Health at CAMH partnered with three Toronto-based Community Health Centres (CHC): Unison Health & Community Services, Central Toronto Community Health Centre, and South Riverdale Community Health Centre.
In 2010 they implemented an anti-stigma/anti-discrimination project to reduce stigma and discrimination by primary health care providers toward people with mental health and substance use issues.

Join a webinar on Thursday, September 29, 2016, from 2:30 to 4:00 PM.
In this webinar, the project team from the Office of Transformative Global Health at CAMH will:

  • provide an overview of the anti-stigma initiative;
  • discuss key findings.

Register here! For more information read the flyer.
The panelists:

  • Akwatu Khenti, Principal Investigator, Office of Transformative Global Health, Institute for Mental Health Policy Research, CAMH
  • Jaime Sapag, Project Scientist, Office of Transformative Global Health, Institute for Mental Health Policy Research, CAMH
  • Sireesha Bobbili, Special Advisor/Project Coordinator, Office of Transformative Global Health, Institute for Mental Health Policy Research, CAMH.

You can also access the webinar via this post: 


19.  Collaborative Mental Health Care Conference 2018 -- Call for Abstracts

"Connecting People in Need with Care" is the theme of next year's conference, and abstracts are now being accepted.  Learn more here.
20.  Job Postings

The Mental Health Commission of Canada is looking for a Policy Advisor.
21.  Ontario Shores Launches Academic Journal on Recovery in Mental Health
Please check out this blog entry from the hospital for full details.

22.  OPDI Conference and AGM Package and Registration -- Extended for a Limited Time

Our conference package is now available here and on our website.  This is a great time to follow us and learn what we are about in this, our 25th anniversary.  You also benefit from gaining more insight into the peer support movement in Ontario, as well what your fellow mental health and addiction stakeholders in Ontario are up to.

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