For the latest updates, please visit CARE-ID website that hosts the Coalition information at: http://care-id.com/. Go to “Dual Diagnosis” in left hand column.
Latest report from October 2011: Moving Forward: National Action on Dual Diagnosis.
With support from an international panel, a review of legislation and policy pertaining to people with developmental disabilities and dual diagnosis in Europe, United Kingdom, Australia, United States and Canada was undertaken. The report provides a series of guiding principles, nine (9) recommendations for necessary action at the pan-Canadian level, along with five (5) enabling actions that need to occur at the federal level to lay the foundation for achievement of the recommendations.
The next step for the Coalition is to connect with Mental Health Commission representatives to identify opportunities for moving forward as well as to identify appropriate federal government contacts.
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FYI – The CARE-ID website that hosts the Coalition information has been updated. Check it out! http://care-id.com/ Go to “Dual Diagnosis” in left hand column.
In November 2008, four organizations: NADD Ontario, CARE-ID/ACREDI, Dual Diagnosis program at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health and the Developmental Disabilities Section of the Canadian Psychiatric Association launched the National Coalition on Dual Diagnosis. The objective of the National Coalition on Dual Diagnosis is to increase the understanding of the needs of individuals with a developmental disability and mental health needs with the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) and for all Canadians.
An initial activity of the four founding organizations within the National Coalition was to develop The Advocacy Toolkit: These materials were developed so that advocates for people with dual diagnosis have the “tools” to help them make their case as effectively as possible. They are based on simple straightforward, plain language that the dual diagnosis field can use uniformly to make our case to decision-makers. They are easy to understand, put a human face on dual diagnosis, and outline clearly defined solutions. They are for anyone’s use locally, regionally, provincially or federally. The toolkit is available at: www.care-id.com, the Canadian Association for Research and Education in Intellectual Disabilities web site. Click on the Dual Diagnosis page in the left hand column and you can access the Position Statement, Factsheet, FAQ, Stories, Glossary, Media Release, Backgrounder, and Plain Language pamphlet information – all for you to use in your local efforts.
December 2008 NationalCoalition on Dual Diagnosis Update
March 2009 National Coalition Update: Our March 2009 consensus Coalition response has been sent to the MHCC. Click here for the 17 page pdf.
Work has continued in bringing the message of the National Coalition to the Mental Health Commission of Canada. Of particular note at this time is that we have more than 400 names on our Coalition e-mail list. To help facilitate communication to such a large group we are now utilizing Constant Contacts as our e-mail application. This is being managed by Christine Iacobucci. If you want to forward the information to your own networks, please scroll down to the bottom where it says “Forward email.” Using this tool your recipient will be able to access the links that are embedded in the message. Otherwise, doing it through your own e-mail the recipient will lose that access.
MORE ABOUT CARE-ID (Canadian Association for Research and Education in Intellectual Disabilities / Association canadienne pour la recherche et l’enseignement en deficience intellectuelle)
The objectives of CARE-ID as a Canadian Association are to:
- Promote increased research and training in intellectual disabilities.
- Promote knowledge-based best practices that respond to the needs and experiences of persons with intellectual disabilities.
- Facilitate linkages and knowledge transfer among researchers, educators, policy-makers, care givers, families, and other members of the community who interact with or serve the interests of persons with intellectual disabilities.
- Inform policy influencers to support and increase research and education in intellectual disabilities.
One of the initial activities of the association will be to launch cross country video-conference ’rounds’ on education and research that is occurring. Click here for the PDF file for the brochure but more information is available on the website. The Board members include various developmental and health, community and academic health science centre perspectives from Canada as well as family members.
Health Concerns: Solving Two Puzzles -“Dual Diagnosis” Tralee Pearce. The Globe & Mail. Published on Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2009, 12:00 am EST. Last updated on Friday, Apr. 10, 2009, 7:48 am EDT.
Experts believe as many as 50 per cent of children with developmental disabilities may also have mental health issues. But the second condition often goes undiagnosed and untreated.