The National Network for Mental Health (NNMH), a national, non-diagnostic consumer/survivor-driven mental health organization, has released its 2011 strategic plan. The document details the feedback received by NNMH from a pre-planning survey. The survey identified the need to strengthen the original mandate of the NNMH and forge a new role in the context of larger mental health strategies that are weakening the voice of consumers in directing mental health services. The overall strategic direction outlined in the plan is to: build a sustainable, responsive and accountable, member-driven organization; deliver a strong, unified and credible national consumer voice; and strengthen NNMH’s influence by working with key organizations. See “NNHM &mdash Strategic Planning Process: Final Report Draft,” October 30, 2010, available at www.nnmh.ca.
Systems Enhancement Evaluation Initiative (SEEI) principal investigators Drs. Lindsey George and Janet Durbin are guest editors of a SEEI special supplement issue of the Canadian Journal of Community Mental Health. SEEI evaluated the impact of a $167 million investment made by Ontario’s Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care towards community mental health services in the province.
The Provincial Human Services and Justice Coordinating Committee (HSJCC) is looking for an executive coordinator to assist the work of the committee. Regional and local HSJCCs coordinate resources and services, and plan more effectively for people with special needs who are in conflict with the law. The Provincial HSJCC, consisting of regional chairs and government ministry representatives, has been developed as a provincial planning body. Deadline for applications is January 28, 2011. For more information about this opportunity, visit www.hsjcc.on.ca. For more information about the HSJCCs, visit www.hsjcc.on.ca.
Psychosocial Rehabilitation Canada (PSR/RPS Canada) is currently planning its 2011 conference, Enhancing Recovery: Family, Culture and Community, to take place September 26-29, 2011 in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. The planning committee is now accepting proposals for interactive presentations from individuals/families, programs and agencies (including clubhouse, social enterprise and First Nations communities). Submission deadline is February 1, 2011. For full instructions on how to submit an abstract, as well as information about the conference themes, visitwww.psrrpscanada.ca. For more information, contact Sherry Sim, event coordinator, by phone at 1-866-655-8548 or by e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
The British Columbia Society of Transition Houses is seeking input for a national scan on violence against women (VAW), mental wellness and substance use. The organization is interested in learning more about programs and services for women who have experience of violence, mental health issues and/or substance use. The scan will explore service delivery models; accessibility of VAW services for women with mental health and substance use issues; funding sources; and legislative or funding changes that have impacted programming at the provincial and/or federal levels in the past five years. For more information and to participate, contact Rebecca by e-mailing Rebecca@bcsth.ca or by calling 604-669-6943, ext. 221.
Applications are currently being accepted for the 2011-2013 post-doctoral fellowships in health equity at the Centre for Research in Inner City Health (CRICH) at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto. The ACHIEVE Research Partnership, a CIHR strategic training initiative in health research, aims to provide new researchers with skills and knowledge about measuring and reducing health inequities. The program focuses on population health and health services interventions research, and community engagement, partnerships and knowledge translation. Fellows will have the opportunity to work closely with a mentor throughout the program. Deadline for application is February 1, 2011. For more information about eligibility and to apply, visit www.crich.ca.
A one-day community-based training session designed to improve service provider knowledge, comfort and skill in responding to mental health and substance use issues among older adults will take place January 14, 2011. The event aims to improve community capacity to respond to mental health and substance use issues among older adults. The full-day session will take place in Toronto and costs $55. For more information or to register for “Making the Connection Work: Identification and Support for Older Adults with Mental Health and/or Substance Use Problems,” contact Angela Martella at 416-535-8501, ext. 6608.
Community Health Ontario (CHO) is a new strategic partnership between the Association of Ontario Health Centres, the Ontario Community Support Association, and the Ontario Federation of Community Mental Health and Addictions Programs. The three organizations represent the majority of the not-for-profit home and community support, mental health and addictions and community-governed primary health care providers in Ontario. CHO is committed to: supporting its member agencies and advocating for appropriate and equitable resources, working with policy and decision-makers to remove systemic barriers to health care access, demonstrating the need to invest in community-based services and social determinants of health, and exploring possible integration opportunities among the three member associations. See the Community Health Ontario news release, “Partnership to Build Community Services,” November 20, 2010, available at www.ofcmhap.on.ca.
In the process of developing a new strategic plan, the Schizophrenia Society of Ontario (SSO) is asking interested groups and individuals to complete a brief confidential survey to help inform the organization’s priorities for the next few years. The survey will gather the opinions of key stakeholders to help guide SSO during its strategic planning process. Completed surveys will be accepted until January 9, 2011. To access the survey, visit www.surveymonkey.com/s/6BDWG6R. For more information, contact Vani Jain, Director of Policy, Strategy and Community Relations, by phone at 416-449-6830, ext. 253, or by e-mail at email@example.com.
DiabeTEXTs, a new joint initiative of the Kuhkenah Network (K-NET) and Keewaytinook Okimakanak (KO) Health, provides diabetes education and information to interested community members through SMS texting and other electronic mediums. K-Net is a program of KO, a First Nations tribal council established by the leaderships of Deer Lake, Fort Severn, Keewaywin, McDowell Lake, North Spirit Lake and Poplar Hill bands, to provide a variety of second level support services for their communities. For more information, visit meeting.knet.ca.