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EENet

Evidence Exchange Network (EENet) is a mental health and addictions knowledge exchange network that connects stakeholders across Ontario. The EENet community includes researchers, clinicians, decision-makers, service providers, system planners, policymakers, persons with lived experience, and families. The network promotes the use of research evidence in decision-making, develops targeted knowledge translation products and tools, and supports interactive exchanges.

The structure of EENet is founded on a “network of networks” concept: new and already existing networks link to EENet, resulting in broad, province-wide linkages that build on how stakeholders are already connected in the system. Central to this is EENet’s support of Communities of Interest (CoIs). EENet envisions a Community of Interest (CoI) as a forum for knowledge exchange and collaborative knowledge creation, on a topic related to mental health and addictions. In a CoI, diverse stakeholders who share a common interest aim to exchange evidence, obtain answers to problems, and/or improve their understanding of a subject. This collaborative work takes place through different knowledge exchange activities and forums.

EENet currently supports 14 CoIs in Ontario. CMHA Ontario is pleased to be a partner on two of these CoIs: The Racialized Populations and Mental Health and Addictions Community of Interest and The Human Services and Justice Coordinating Committee Community of Interest.

The Racialized Populations and Mental Health and Addictions Community of Interest

The Racialized Populations and Mental Health and Addictions Community of Interest is a provincial forum for knowledge exchange and collaborative knowledge creation focused on issues related to racialized populations and mental health and addictions. The goal of the CoI is to strategically leverage existing or emerging evidence (including community-based, lived experience, peer-reviewed academic, and other sources of knowledge) to improve provincial, LHIN, and provider policy, planning, and practice related to racialized populations and mental health and addictions.

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For more information about the Racialized Populations and Mental Health and Addictions Community of Interest, visit their webpage.

The Human Services and Justice Coordinating Committee Community of Interest

The Human Services and Justice Coordinating Committees (HSJCCs) were established based on the Provincial Strategy to Coordinate Human Services and Criminal Justice Systems in Ontario (1997), in response to a recognized need in the province to coordinate resources and services, and plan more effectively for people who are in conflict with the law. Priority consideration is for people with a serious mental illness, developmental disability, acquired brain injury, drug and alcohol addiction, and/or fetal alcohol syndrome. Learn more about HSJCCs here.

The main goal of the HSJCC Community of Interest is to share knowledge and expertise from all levels of HSJCC’s, address knowledge gaps, collaboratively develop new knowledge, and engage stakeholders from criminal justice, mental health, addictions, and the human services sectors.

For more information about the HSJCC CoI, visit their webpage.