OPDI NewsToGo Issue #497 September 16, 2016
Highlights include:Throne Speech Analyses; Forced Psychiatric Treatment in the Courts; Social Assistance Rates Updates; Apply for Quality-of-Care Committees; Ministry of Citizenship Partnership Grants; Jobs; News; and More.
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NEWS AND OPINIONS
1. Ontario Throne Speech Resets Legislative Agenda, Does Not Mention Mental Health or Disabilities as Priorities
The text of the speech by the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario is here.
We forward reactionsfrom the Ontario NonProfit Network, AODA Alliance, and CMHA Ontario.
What's Happened in the Ontario Legislature
Strong Effective AODA
Throne Speech Short on Mental Health Promises
Part of the charm about "proroguing" the Legislature is being able to reintroduce the same government bills again:
Ontario Reintroduces Affordable Housing Bill
2. Ontario Newsroom
The province will create pilot programs to enable victims of domestic violence to find housing faster and be able to pay for it readily:
Ontario Establishes Portable Housing Benefit to Help Survivors of Domestic Violence
Despite the tough language in this press release, it appears the government's approach to sexual abuse by doctors (namely, the fundamental rejection of an independent investigating authority) has not been met with universal approval (press release and media story):
Ontario Taking Action to Prevent Sexual Abuse of Patients
Province Won't Promise to Create MD Sex-Abuse Watchdog
3. Two Important Legal Steps Around Forced Psychiatric Treatment
Brian's Law, which introduced community treatment orders to Ontario, has been upheld by the Ontario Court of Appeals:
Ontario's Highest Court Says Brian's Law is Constitutional
In B.C. the constitutional soundness of forced psychiatric treatment is being contested:
B.C. Patients Launch Court Challenge over Forced Psychiatric Treatment
4. Social Assistance Rates Update
Thanks to the Income Security Advocacy Clinic for outlining the new Social Assistance Rates and the Ontario Child Benefit effective October 1, 2016
OW and ODSP Rates and the OCB -- 2016
A related Op-Ed points out the very slow pace of reform in Ontario:
Ontario Social Assistance Doesn't Meet Basic Human Needs
5. Ontario Federal MP Admits to Depression
Her honest first-person account has won accolades:
MP Celina Caesar-Chavannes Describes the Challenges of Coping with Depression
6. Judge Begins Review of Civilian Watchdogs of Police Oversight
In light of the spate of police shootings of racialized persons with mental health issues, this seems like a good time to shine light on police oversight:
Civilian Review of Ontario Police "A Perfect Storm of Review"
7. Researchers Describe Need for Safe Injection Sites in Ottawa
Lobby continues to make this a reality in a city with a problem:
Ottawa Needs Multiple Supervised Injection Sites, Researchers Say
8. Risks of Opioid Overdose for First Responders
Carrying out a drug bust now comes with its own health risks, and the need to carry antidotes for opioid poisoning:
11 Connecticut Cops Sickened During Heroin and Fentanyl Bust
9. A Personal Account of Concussion-Induced Depression
All it took was for a busboy's load of plates in a restaurant to connect with her head -- with unsettling consequences:
My Concussion Triggered a Deep Depression I never saw Coming
RESEARCH HIGHLIGHTS AND RESOURCES
10. PSACC's Certification Handbook, Version 3
The third version of this handbook, released April 2016, explains the process by which one may apply to be certified as a peer support worker in Canada.
11. Is it Possible Antipsychotics' Side-effects are not being Sufficiently Reported?
In this blog entry by a group of British mental health professionals who cite an Australian survey of mental health services, that may well be the case:
12. Cochrane Review Asserts that E-Cigarettes Prevents Smoking; Teenager Survey Says Otherwise
The executive summary and a link to the resrach appears here:
Conclusions about the Effects of Electronic Cigarettes Remains the Same
Health Canada's Survey of Tobacco, Alcohol , and Drug Use reaches the opposite conclusion:
E-Cigarettes "May be a Gateway to Kids that May Otherwise not be Smoking"
13. Grants Ontario: Minister of Citizenship Partnership Grant Program
If you are a non-profit agency and have a funding proposal related to: Program Evaluation; Inclusive Leadership; or Volunteer Management, check out this opportunity (deadline is October 5th).
OPPORTUNITIES AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
14. 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 email@example.com and the information to login will be sent to you.
15. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note: this training requires a minimum of 10 participants to run.
16. Important: Consumer Representatives Should Consider Applying for these Quality-of-Care Committees
Health Quality Ontario is assembling committees to establish quality standards in: Opioid Use Disorder, Opioid Prescribing for Pain; and Schizophrenia Care in the Community. Learn more and apply here.
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. Job Postings
The Workman Centre for the Arts is looking for a Visual Arts Coordinator.
Peer Support Accreditation and Certification (Canada) is looking for a Certification Coordinator.
19. "Mad Studies" Professor Jijian Voronka to Give Talk
The subject is "Madness in the Methods: Mad Studies, Storytelling, and the Politics of Peer Inclusion:
It takes place in Toronto Tuesday, September 26th between 12 pm and 1:30 pm here.
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