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August 19, 2010 The role of health care providers in tobacco control in community mental health

A new paper explores perceptions of health care providers, professionals and paraprofessionals, in relation to the role they play in tobacco control in the community mental health system. See “In the Shadow of a New Smoke Free Policy: A Discourse Analysis of Health Care Providers’ Engagement in Tobacco Control in Community Mental Health,” International Journal of Mental Health Systems (2010; 4: 23), at

August 19, 2010 Personal Support Worker of the Year award

The Personal Support Network of Ontario is currently accepting nominations for the third annual Personal Support Worker (PSW) of the Year award. Deadline for nominations is September 3, 2010. This award recognizes the outstanding contributions PSWs make in the lives of their clients, consumers, patients and caregivers every day across the province. For further information, visit

August 19, 2010 Coalition launches collection of stories about life on ODSP

A collection of personal accounts and stories from 236 people living on income from the Ontario Disability Support Program has been launched by the ODSP Action Coalition. “Telling Our Stories” is a project of the Coalition’s Public Awareness and Advocacy Committee. Stories by ODSP recipients are organized by six themes: issues related to housing, food, parenting and clawbacks; employment and education aspirations; stress and social isolation; transportation and special needs; experiences with service delivery; and program design. See “Telling Our Stories: Disability Should Not Equal Poverty,” July 2010, available at

August 5, 2010 Evaluation conference to focus on communities of practice

The 2010 Annual Conference of the Canadian Evaluation Society — Ontario Chapter, Optimizing the Practice of Evaluation, will be held in Toronto on October 4 and 5, 2010.

August 5, 2010 Mental health and the workplace conference

Canadian Mental Health Association, Windsor-Essex County Branch is hosting a conference on mental health and the workplace October 6 and 7, 2010 in Windsor. The conference is for business leaders, human resource professionals, and mental health and social service providers.

August 5, 2010 Matryoshka study reveals unmet needs and gaps in service use for clients of early intervention and court support programs

Early intervention and court support programs in Ontario are meeting client needs for treatment, including medication management, case management and psychotherapy, according to a recent report from the Matryoshka Project.

July 8, 2010 Videoconference workshop on FASD

The Southern Networks of Specialized Care and the Regional Support Associates are holding a videoconference workshop on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) on August 13, 2010 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Dr. Karen Baker will discuss issues relating to cognitive implications of FASD, physical and behavioural characteristics, secondary disabilities and how to support individuals and families. Participants are encouraged to bring forward for discussion non-identifying cases relating to FASD.

July 8, 2010 Six Nations Health Services Release from Custody program

Six Nations Health Services Release from Custody program has recently been added to the Mental Health Service Information Ontario database. The program, focused on First Nations communities and located in Ohsweken, Ontario, provides short-term intensive case management to individuals with mental illness who are being released from correctional custody. The goals of the program are to help individuals reintegrate into their community and reduce recidivism by ensuring that adequate community supports and treatment options are made available to those in need. Supports include linking clients to longer-term case management services, rehabilitative programs and medical treatment, safe beds, court support services, appropriate housing and financial assistance, and providing support and information to family members and/or significant others.

July 8, 2010 Touched by Fire call for entries

The Mood Disorders Association of Ontario (MDAO) is now accepting submissions for the 2010 Touched by Fire art show and sale. The submission deadline is September 17, 2010.

July 8, 2010 Matryoshka Project releases special report

A newly released special report by the Matryoshka Project provides an in-depth look at seven court support programs and how they relate to the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care’s (MOHLTC) Program Framework for Mental Health Diversion/Court Support Services. The framework, issued in February 2006, provides direction and guidelines for the implementation of mental health diversion and court support services that receive MOHLTC funding.