There is innovative and exciting work taking place within Ontario’s Mental Health and Addictions system. It’s time we start getting the word out about it! Do you know of a promising practice or promising program that more people should hear about? If so, let us know! The EENet team may be interested in profiling some of this work.
In the past, many people with severe mental illness did not connect with community services after being discharged from the hospital. The community was also not prepared to serve this population. Discharge planning and care, then, is a key component in creating integrated, seamless care in the continuum of services.
Many mental health and addictions agencies across Ontario gather feedback from clients. By providing insight into how well services are performing and if the needs of clients are being met, feedback offers valuable information for monitoring service outcomes and making improvements to service delivery. But the methods and tools for collecting this information vary. And there are no standardized ways to interpret the information.
EENet is seeking expressions of interest from mental health and addictions stakeholders in Ontario to lead, or partner in the facilitation of, Communities of Interest (CoI). Up to 10 CoIs will be selected and rolled out in the 2012/2013 fiscal year. EENet will support the CoIs by providing human and technological resources, and up to $5,000 per CoI of seed funds for activities and initiatives. (Financial and other support will be provided up to March 31, 2013, with the possibility of renewal at that time, at the sole discretion of EENet.)
Street-involved youth have high rates of mental health problems, substance use, and victimization. But those who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, queer, questioning, unsure or “other” may be at higher risk for these problems.
Evidence Exchange Network (EENet) invites you to take part in a free one-hour virtual knowledge exchange session, via telephone and webinar, to explore Health Canada’s Drug Treatment Funding Program. Join Colleen Dell – Provincial Research Chair in Substance Abuse, University of Saskatchewan, and Senior Research Associate, Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse – on Thursday, May 24 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. EST to learn about what Saskatchewan is doing to enhance its substance abuse treatment system! You can register at www.eenet.eventbrite.ca.
The 2011 Ontario Student Drug Use and Health Survey (OSDUHS) recently highlighted its findings using a two-hour webinar on April 23, 2012. The OSDUHS began in 1977 and is the longest ongoing student school survey in Canada, and the second longest in North America.
The Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) program is a large, Ontario-based service designed to help those with serious mental illnesses. ACT is considered an evidence-based practice. It aims to provide all aspects of support and rehabilitation for clients on an intensive, frequent, and time-unlimited basis.
Doctors working in primary care often encounter patients with mental health and addiction (MHA) needs. Unfortunately, doctors usually have few resources to address these needs. This forces them to refer patients to external services with long wait lists, which has led to many MHA problems going unaddressed.
Crisis response is an important part of a comprehensive mental health system. Crisis services for people with mental health problems and mental illness, however, have traditionally been provided in a hospital emergency room. This can be a chaotic place for people in crisis. Services that are based in the community, on the other hand, can reduce hospital use, involuntary treatment, and criminalization.