Many women who are involved with substance use have experienced trauma. For this reason, it’s important for health care providers to understand the interconnections of trauma and substance use so that they can provide better care for these women.
In Canada, people with mental illnesses are three times more likely to get arrested than those without a disorder. The justice system has “diversion programs” to help people with mental illnesses who are charged with, or convicted of, a crime. We know these programs reduce repeat-offender rates and homelessness. But what makes these programs so successful? And what are the challenges of implementing them?
Ontario’s child and youth mental health sector is made up of a fragmented array of services and supports. There is a need to address the problems of this patchwork of services as well as current service gaps, a growing need for services, and long wait lists.
In recent years, there has been a shift away from long-term hospital stays for youth with serious mental health needs. The new approach is to have shorter hospital stays, where youth are stabilized, and then connected with community resources. Ontario researchers looked at the effectiveness of this approach, using Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) as a case study.
EENet recently launched a new site, EENet Connect, an online community where members of Ontario’s mental health and addictions system can create profiles, share knowledge, and collaborate more effectively with one another. The community will reinforce existing relationships, while allowing new connections to take root and grow.
On Thursday, February 21, 2013, EENet hosted a webinar on Women, Trauma, and Substance Use: Guidelines for Informed Practices, one of eleven projects that make up the Ontario Drug Treatment Funding Program (DTFP).
Studies show that self-esteem goes down and symptoms of depression and mental disorders rise as adolescents move from grade to grade at school. However, strong emotional support from their classmates and teachers helps ward off mental health problems in youth.
Given that youth are at a different developmental stage than adults, organizations serving youth with substance use problems have a challenge: How to provide the best possible programs and services and meet the unique needs of their clients? The Ontario Youth Strategy Project, a working committee of Addictions Ontario, with the support of the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, developed a set of guidelines for assessing their policies, procedures, programs, services, and training, to ensure that they are in line with best practice.
A team at the Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre is evaluating a new tool designed to help social workers and their clients decide if a person is ready to move from intensive community mental health services to less intensive services. The tool is called the Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) Transition Readiness Scale.
For many youth, their family doctor is the main source of mental health help information; however some patients will need more specialized services. To make sure that these youth receive the treatment they need, doctors must be able to easily refer them to the appropriate services. Centralized intake (CI) for mental health referrals is a single-entry gateway for patients to access specialized mental health services.