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.
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.
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
We 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 will, 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.
- A continuum of services
- A clear vision of how services are to be organized with clear pathways into and out of service
- Enabling government policy
- Coordinated investment and stewardship
- 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
- 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
- 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.
NOW IS THE TIME FOR IMPLEMENTATION!
Read 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 email@example.com
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:
- A strong network for clinical referrals. You can inquire as to potential referrals, eligibility of service, served demographic, insurance coverage, and more.
- 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) in regard to the coordination, policy, and conduct of such projects.
More information at http://thenadd.org/resources/nadd-consortium/
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
The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) strongly supports the Select Committee on Development Services’ goal to address the urgent need for a comprehensive developmental services strategy for Ontarians with developmental disabilities and dual diagnosis. Read more on this [.pdf]
CAMH’s Strategic Plan, Vision 2020: tomorrow.today, 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. http://www.camh.ca/en/hospital/about_camh/influencing_public_policy/Pages/influencing_public_policy.aspx
Please take a moment to look at this very important new knowledge translation site for Developmental Disabilities.
H-CARDD (www.hcardd.ca) 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
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:
At the May 2013 Annual General Meeting NADD Ontario tabled the 2013-2016 Strategic Directions. This summary document describes the context and desired outcomes in relation to strategic areas:
- Enabling collective action in regard to dual diagnosis, and
- Enhancing the capacity of Ontario’s workforce through accreditation and certification.
See complete article 2013-2016 Strategic Directions.