OPDI NewsToGo Issue #498 September 28, 2016
Highlights include: Federal Health Accord; Provincial Mandate Letters to Ministers; Forced Treatment Legal Challenge in B.C.; Opioids Updates; Ontario Youth Suicide Report; Jobs; News; and More.
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NEWS AND OPINIONS
1. Emerging Details about the Next Federal Health Accord
Federal Health Minister Philpott has indicated the increase in funding to the provinces will remain capped to the previous government's target:
Liberals Keeping Harper Target for Health Transfers: Philpott
The provinces are not happy that this has been put forth ahead of negotiations:
Provinces Push Back on Health Transfer Rate
In a related story, emerging voices are coming out to request more funding for mental health and addictions; here's the viewpoint of Catherine Zahn, CEO of CAMH:
Gaps in the Mental Health Story: A Chance to Do Good
2. Ontario Government Makes Public Mandate Letters to each Minister
Concurrent with the prorogation of the Legislature and a new Throne Speech is the issuing of mandate letters from the Premier to each of her ministers. Each detail the priorities for each ministry for the remaining two years of the current government's mandate.
All the letters are posted here:
Mandate Letters 2016
The Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, Dr. Eric Hoskins, has been directed to focus on four priorities: providing timely access to the right care; providing co-ordinated and integrated care as close to the community as possible; work to provide informed decision-making; and make value-based, quality and sustainable healthcare decisions. The letter is worth reading.
3. Forced Treatment Court Challenge in British Columbia
A news report details the legal issues relating to involuntary consent in that province:
Canadian Patients Fight Forced Electroshock
Here's a radio interview with the person (who now lives in Ontario) who filed the B.C. court challenge:
The personal perspective of an individual who is receiving involuntary treatment in the province is provided here:
The Good and Bad of Involuntary Psychiatric Treatment, from an Involuntary Patient
A lawyer's perspective: clients have a right to self-determination:
Sarah Leamon: It's Time to Change B.C.'s Mental Health Act
By comparison, view the Mental Health Commission of Canada's Guidelines for Recovery-Oriented Practice (pp. 26) and their perspective on involuntary treatment.
4. Peer Support and Family Peer Support at Montfort Hospital an Accredited Leading Practice
You can read the report here. Congratulations to Psychiatric Survivors of Ottawa, the CSI in partnership with the francophone Ottawa-area hospital for this achievement! Kudos also to PSO on their 25th anniversary.
5. The Health System Needs to Change to Fight the Opioid Epidemic
This article by three Ontario doctors outline five ways to cope with the growth of use of opioids for chronic, non-cancer pain:
5 Ways the Health System can Curb the Opioid Epidemic
6. A Compelling Firsthand Account of the Need for Early MH Intervention for Young People
This personal account of a delayed awakening of self-diagnosed anxiety disorder and a persuasive case for more early intervention services for young people is made here:
Young People Need Early Access to Mental Health Care
7. Reinterpreting Schizophrenia as Shamanism
The profile of someone diagnosed with schizophrenia who used cross-cultural connections to re-establish his sense of self as a shaman is engrossing (and comes with footnotes):
A Mental Disease by Any Other Name
8. Mental Health's Portrayal on Television Has Become More Empathetic
The writer talks about the sense of connection that TV shows featuring people and situations that she and others can relate to being portrayed on the small screen. She also relates how anticipation of upcoming programming is a powerful behaviour modifier:
The TV Cure
9. Updates on Opioids
This interview with a young female British Columbia fentanyl user is very revealing and honest:
The New Face of Fentanyl Addiction: Kati's Story
Stricter opioids prescription monitoring in Nova Scotia may be driving people to use heroin and fentanyl:
Fentanyl and Heroin Usage a Result of Drug Monitoring, Says Outreach Worker
This piece reviews the evidence for how medical marijuana access may reduce deaths caused by opioid overdoses using research garnered from legalization in several U.S. states:
Does Access to Medical Marijuana Reduce Opioid Deaths?
The next generation of addicted babies born to American mothers who practice substance use of opioids is profiled:
In America's Drug Death Capital: How Heroin is Scarring the Next Generation
10. Supervised Injection Site News
The federal government says Health Canada will reduce barriers for municipalities that wish to establish harm reduction sites and might go as far as to amend Bill C-2:
Health Canada will Reduce Barriers to Safe Injection Sites, Says Philpott
Liberals Prepared to Kill Harper Government Limits on Supervised-Injection Sites
Hamilton and Ottawa are taking steps towards having supervised injection sites:
City Approves Free Crack Pipes, Moves Towards Safe Injection Site Study
Why Outsourcing the Running of Ottawa's Safe Injection Sites Works
11. For Mental Health Apps to Work, They Require A Coach in the Background
This expert in digital health tools believes that engagement with a human helps the uptake of clients in using mental health apps:
For Mental Health Apps: Human Touch is Key Component
12. FDA Wants to Ban Kratom
Learn about this natural remedy (a plant with opiate-like effects), and why the American Food and Drug Administration wants to regulate it despite its informal use by people seeking to wean themselves off opioid addiction:
The DEA Wants to Ban another Plant. Researchers say the Plan is "Insane".
RESEARCH HIGHLIGHTS AND RESOURCES
13. PWLE who are Victims of Violence Less Likely to be Believed by Police
A third of people who disclosed their mental health status reported that police were more likely to stigmatize them for their disclosure and discredit what they had to say about what happened to them:
Police Disbelieve Victims with Mental Health Problems
14. Ontario Psychiatric Association Releases Report on Youth Suicide
The press release and report can be found here.
15. Meditation Changes the Brain
This Q & A piece looks at the evidence behind meditation -- the fact that a neuroscientist has discovered changes in brain volume after 8 weeks of meditation (40 minutes a day) is amazing:
Meditation Not Only Reduces Stress; Here's How it Changes Your Brain
16. The Psychology of Individual Buildings and its Effect on our Well-being
How buildings and public spaces are designed can affect one's mental health; this article discusses a myriad of factors and reasons why this needs to be taken under discussion:
Could Bad Buildings Damage Your Mental Health?
OPPORTUNITIES AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
17. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org and the information to login will be sent to you.
18. 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 email@example.com
Please note: this training requires a minimum of 10 participants to run.
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.
19. Self-Help Resource Centre Annual General Meeting
The Self-Help Resource Centre will hold its Annual General Meeting on October 27, 2016 at the 519 in Toronto. We would be thrilled if you could join us to celebrate and reflect on an important year in peer support!
Date: Thursday, October 27, 2016 at 6 pm (dinner served at 5:30 pm) with end time no later than 8 pm.
Location: The 519, 519 Church Street
Please RSVP by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Space is limited.
20. Canadian Harm Reduction Network Workshop: “Overdose Awareness and Prevention"
This workshop is intended for frontline and peer workers. Space is limited; register by contacting email@example.com.
Date: Monday, October 3 (1:30 – 4:30 pm) at downtown Toronto central location (info available upon registration).
Space is limited. Contact Walter@canadianharmreduction.com to register.
· Experiences of overdose
· Risks of overdose and how to mitigate these
· How to spot an overdose – opiates and stimulants
· Responding to overdose, including the use of Naloxone
· Talking to clients about use, risks, overdose
· Why your agency and other places in your community need an overdose protocol
· Emerging issues & trends
Presenters/facilitators: CHRN Staff and Peer Educator
21. Job Postings
St. Leonard's Community Services (Hamilton)is seeking a part-time Concurrent Disorders Outreach Peer Support Worker.
The Mental Health Commission of Canada is looking for a Knowledge Broker.
Across Boundaries (Toronto) seeks a Consumer/Survivor Initiatives Coordinator.
Addictions and Mental Health Ontario is partnered with two other organizations in a software initiative and needs a JAVA developer.
22. AMHO Peer Support Symposium
The deadline to apply has been extended to October 3. You can read more here:
23. Children's Mental Health Ontario 2016 Conference
This takes place November 21-22 in Toronto with a pre-conference day on November 20. You can read more and register here.
24. Mindfest Presented by U of T Psychiatry Department
This open house takes place at Hart House October 5 and features a segment involving Peer Support Workers.
25. Financial Relief for Low-Income Families Affected by Hydro Costs
Consult this website to find how if you are eligible for one of these special programs:
Help for Low-Income Consumers
26. ODSP Peer Navigator Support Groups Offered by SHRC
The next round of registration for groups beginning in December has opened. Find out more.
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