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Having met its original mission, the Board and membership of NADD Ontario recently voted unanimously to dissolve the Organization, effective December 31, 2016. The work NADD Ontario has embarked on over the past 22 years has been significant in both size and accomplishments. Some of its many achievements include workshop and conference sponsorships, publications (Dual Diagnosis Handbook), engagement as a founding partner of the National Coalition on Dual Diagnosis, research (H-CARDD), advisory and advocacy roles at local, provincial and federal levels and the promotion of NADD Accreditation and Certification Programs in Ontario.

Through collective efforts, an agreement between NADD Ontario and the Ontario Association on Developmental Disabilities (OADD) has been created to ensure a continuing focus and attention on the promotion and implementation of best practices for the mental wellness of persons with a developmental disability.

OADD is a professional organization of people working and studying in the field of developmental disabilities, throughout Ontario. OADD’s members include agencies and organizations; university and community college students and instructors; service provider direct care staff and managers; family support workers; case managers; psychologists; social workers; and other dedicated individuals. The OADD hosts an Annual Conference and various educational events, publishes a textbook (Developmental Disabilities in Ontario, 3rd Edition) and the Journal on Developmental Disabilities, supports the Research Special Interest Group and Developmental Services Special Interest Group and provides three scholarships annually to students studying full time in the field of developmental disabilities.

Before dissolving, NADD Ontario has seeded a scholarship fund to be managed by OADD. OADD will disperse funds annually in addition to their own scholarships based on the following criteria:
Continuing education for those who want to enhance their competencies in evidenced based services by participating in the NADD Competency Based Certification Program for Clinicians, Specialists or Direct Support Professional.
Students registered in a college or university program are writing a thesis or completing research study that is focused on intellectual and developmental disabilities with co-occurring mental health needs
Participation by individuals with developmental disabilities, family members and/or informal supports in the development and delivery of training and educational material. Such material will be consistent with the competency based standards of the NADD Certification and Accreditation program.

Additionally, OADD will host designated NADD ON archived content on their website and distribute the remaining copies of the book Stories of the Front Line, at their discretion.

On behalf of both organizations, we feel very strongly that the legacy of NADD Ontario in championing research, education and promotion of best practices in the care and support of individuals with Dual Diagnosis will be honoured by the OADD through our mutual agreement.

Nancy Pilon, Trevor Lumb
Co-Chairs, NADD Ontario

Joe Persaud
Chair, OADD

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Information for Prospective Participants in the Caregiver/Family Member Reference Panel

The Mental Health & Addictions Leadership Advisory Council (Council) is establishing a Caregiver/Family Member Reference Panel to support their work.  Reporting to the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, the Council was established in November 2014 as part of Phase 2 of Open Minds, Healthy Minds, Ontario’s comprehensive Mental Health & Addictions Strategy.  The purpose of the Council is to advise the Minister on the Strategy’s implementation and to report to the public on the progress of the Strategy.

The Council has five Working Groups which are focusing on the following areas:

  • Community Mental Health & Addictions Funding Reform
  • System Alignment and Capacity
  • Youth Addictions
  • Mental Health Promotion, Prevention, and Early Intervention
  • Supportive Housing

The Caregiver/Family Member Reference Panel will support the work of the Working Groups and Council by reviewing their work from a provincial systems perspective and providing feedback from their point of view as caregivers/family members of adults who are using/have used mental health and/or addiction services in Ontario.  The panel will initially have up to 20 members but additional people may be asked to participate throughout the next year and a half.

We are seeking people who:

  • are 18 years of age and older
  • are a family member or caregiver of an adult who has used/is using mental health and/or addiction services in Ontario
  • have the time to participate and are willing to commit to a minimum term of nine months beginning in May, 2016
  • are willing and able to attend between three and six meetings a year in Toronto (travel expenses paid)
  • are willing to participate in occasional teleconferences or videoconferences
  • are willing to learn more about the mental health and addictions system in Ontario
  • are willing to share their experiences and opinions
  • are able to share insights and information about their experience as caregivers/ family members of clients of the mental health and addictions system in ways that others can learn from them
  • are willing to think beyond their own personal experiences and the needs of their local communities and look at issues and recommendations from a broad provincial systems point of view
  • will bring a positive attitude to discussions
  • will listen to others and think about what they say, even when they disagreewill keep any information they may hear private and confidential, including any personal information other members may share with the group

It is expected that panel members:

  • will attend a two-day orientation session in Toronto on May 16th and 17th, 2016
  • will review recommendations and other items the Working Groups and Council may bring forward from a provincial systems point of view and provide feedback from their point of view as caregivers/family members of adults who are using/have used mental health and/or addiction services in Ontario
  • will be sent any written materials in advance and will be expected to review them prior to each meeting
  • will have opportunities to connect with Ministry representatives between meetings to receive information and ask questions
  • may occasionally be asked to provide feedback on other relevant items brought forward by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care or other ministries

Panel Member Expenses

Panel members will receive a per diem of $150 for each day of meetings they attend.  For shorter meetings or videoconferences, a pro-rated per diem will be provided.  All reasonable, pre-approved travel expenses will be reimbursed by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.

Next Steps

Many highly qualified people have been referred to the Council and the Ministry as potential panel members.  Once we have confirmed people’s interest in being panel participants, the Council will select a group of 20 people from all regions of Ontario who reflect the diversity of the province’s population and the diversity of experiences in the mental health and addictions system.


NADD Ontario 2013/14 Chapter Recognition Awards

We are delighted this year to recognize three leaders from the health field for their outstanding contribution to individuals living with a dual diagnosis.

  • Jane Wigley – In recognition of consistently demonstrating hope, perseverance and self advocacy about the needs of individuals with a dual diagnosis
  • Suzanne Perreault – In recognition of health promotion and community based treatment planning for individuals with an intellectual disability and mental health concern
  • Yona Lunsky, PhD – In recognition of influencing policy and dissemination of research to enhance quality services to people with intellectual disabilities

NADD Call to Action

votenowWe invite you to join us in a collective action that leads to a more effective response to the pressing needs of individuals with a dual diagnosis across their lifespan. A confluence of energy, increased political wcalltoaction1ill, policy and program leadership and resource enhancement has arisen in Ontario to address the system shortfalls associated with mental wellness of individuals with developmental disabilities and their families, if  used effectively.
NADD is calling for a strategic, systematic, integrated and accountable system that enables equitable access to quality services. Informed by the National Coalition on Dual Diagnosis (2011), NADD has identified the following five (5) system elements that are required to implement change.

  1. A continuum of services
    • A clear vision of how services are to be organized with clear pathways into and out of service
  2. Enabling government policy
    • Coordinated investment and stewardship
  3. Competent and capable workforce
    • Undergraduate, post graduate and continuing education
      with an emphasis on interprofessional care
    • Program accreditation and professional certification
    • Benchmarks for the number of professionals required per
      population base
  4. Equitable access to a core basket of quality services
    • Access to intensive, specialized and continuing physical
      mental health care in community or hospital based
    • Focus on the specific risks associated with transitional stages across the life span
      Long term housing with clinical supports and services for those with more complex needs
  5. Applied research and program evaluation
    • Continuing and new investments in programs and services based on informed, if not best practices, and not solely on cost.



votenowRead more about the five (5) system elements and demonstrate your support by filling our Call to Action Survey.  Please visit this website regularly in coming months for continued updates on how you can help to support this important initiative including providing your input in shaping of our evolving action plan.

Please also share this with families, local planning bodies, professional networks and join us at our November 7th AGM to have more say.  To register for the AGM, contact Victoria Houle at


The NADD Consortium Project

NADD is introducing a new online directory of IDD/MH providers. The consortium consists of provider organizations that offer outpatient and/or inpatient services addressing the clinical needs of people with a dual diagnosis. The NADD Consortium is intended to foster the development of:

  1. A strong network for clinical referrals. You can inquire as to potential referrals, eligibility of service, served demographic, insurance coverage, and more.
  2. Interest in research. The NADD Consortium project can be a supportive platform for single or multi site research.If you are interested in conducting clinical research concerning people with a dual diagnosis, please contact Dr. Robert J. Fletcher DSW ( in regard to the coordination, policy, and conduct of such projects.

More information at

NADD Ontario – Submission to the Select Committe on Development Services

NADD Ontario is in full support of the goals of the all party Select Committee on Developmental Services and the intent of addressing the urgent need for a comprehensive developmental services strategy. The many recent stories heard by the Ontario Ombudsman and the Select Committee represent the failure of the various government funded systems to respond in a preventative and proactive manner to situations that often begin during childhood – leading to serial failures within and across all of the various sectors responsible, resulting in disruption to the life of the individual and their family members.  Read full article:  Jan 20 2014

How CAMH is Influencing Public Policy

CAMH’s Strategic Plan, Vision 2020:, re-affirms our commitment to advocating for public policies that are responsive to the needs of people with mental illness and addictions. As one of the six pillars of this plan, CAMH is committed to “Driving Social Change” by playing a leading role in transforming society’s understanding of mental illness and addiction and building a better mental health care system. CAMH aims to be a champion for health equity, social justice and inclusion for those with mental illness and addiction. To help achieve these aims, CAMH communicates evidence-based policy to stakeholders and policymakers.

Health Care Access Research and Developmental Disabilities (H-CARDD): Partnering for Progress

Please take a moment to look at this very important new knowledge translation site for Developmental Disabilities.

H-CARDD ( has just released health information on the largest research cohort (66,000 individuals) in North America, if not the world. While the data is Ontario based, the findings are applicable to other similar jurisdictions.  Further research is currently underway to look at specific groups including women and dual diagnosis. Keep this link for regular reference.  Read more

National Family Caregiver Guidelines Released June 27, 2013

The Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) has launched National Guidelines for a Comprehensive Service System to Support Family Caregivers of Adults with Mental Health Problems and Illnesses.

Built on recommendations made by ‘Changing Directions, Changing Lives: The Mental Health Strategy for Canada,’ these national Guidelines contain 41 recommendations intended to improve the capacity of caregivers to provide the best possible care to adults with mental illness, while looking after their own well being.

The complete document is available for download at: