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Take 45 minutes to pause and think about our systems of care with the talk’s sharp focus on the intervention itself.  The discussion got me thinking of: the recovery model; our categories of who fits into what program of care; mental health care’s forms of intervention; and what ever happened to the Mental Health Commission’s Recommendations and its whole system, whole country recommendations guide?

The “fireside chat,” helps us step into a “new year,” and made me want to know more about the implementation plans of health and social reforms occouring in Ontario and our communities.  The vision of initiatives such as Health Teams have the mission to incorporate, health and the social determinants of health. It would be useful to concretize the various plans: disability reform, housing, mental health care, homelessness, population based care and weave the implementation steps to make coherent to clients, families, frontline providers, managers.

Does anyone know who is doing this?

A discussion with Dr. Sam Tsemberis, the founder of Housing First,  who joins Alex Smith, Housing First England's Senior Project Manager.

Please see the Webinar here:

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Would be useful to know how our systems are working, or more to the point continuing, building systems approaches.

ANyone know of a document or person who could explain it?   Is there a document that could help with this? I just have a few links, but they feel siloed and are clearly not embedded plans in play:

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Every bit is helping, Angela.

"...In the homelessness sector, a system of care is a method at the community (or provincial/territorial or national level) of delivering services differently to help people who are homeless, or at-risk of homelessness. “As a method of organizing and delivering services, housing, and programs, it aims to coordinate resources to ensure community level results align with 10 Year Plan goals and meet client needs effectively” (Calgary Homeless Foundation, 2014, p. 2). " ...

The problem, the complexity, is that while the "homelessness" category of care, has climbed some various and serious mountains over the decades to bridge and adapt with the mainstream systems and is remarkable how far we have come, yet we still have siloed systems.

It would be great to have Claudette Bradshaw, who led the startup of the National Secretariat on Homelessness, join the Conference, maybe a panel or something.  She led the framing of the local systems set up, once homelessness became a word the federal government could swallow.

Integration of poor people into the larger community is key to eradicating poverty in Canada, says Claudette Bradshaw, a former federal Liberal MP who served in the federal cabinet and was the federal co-ordinator for homelessness.

In most ways, those living in poverty are no different from those who aren't, Bradshaw said in an interview with Information Morning Moncton.

"They are like you and me ... they are in the same community, they are at the same schools," said Bradshaw, the former MP for Moncton-Riverview-Dieppe.

Above is from an article i stumbled on my search for Bradshaw.

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So, this plan Answering the Call, from the Mental Health commission worth a look, when we all get a chance.

I'd be curious to hear from mental planners at different levels, how they actually integrate this document - vision to the point of leveraging action.

"Answering the Call"

Over the next ten years, as we build on our progress in understanding and improving mental health, and on the partnerships we’ve nurtured since we began in 2007, we will continue leveraging the strength of grassroots change makers, thought leaders, and policy makers to level the playing field in pursuit of mental health parity.


Go to the webpage: https://www.mentalhealthcommis...tegic-plan-2021-2031


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So, I took a look at the strategic plan, Answering the Call, but no answers, don't waste any of your time on it. Perhaps the word "strategic" should be banned from links with the word "plan." Ok, its a vision, its a mission but certainly no actual plan to leverage anything here.

Fair enough that the Fed's really can't be leading the provinces on actual care given our constitution and the BNA act.  Making more relevant the federal role, in research and policy  might come from the policy report below that advocates for cohesion by framing these evidence developing organizations as a suite.

The suite is listed here, in chronological order of founding:

  • Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction (CCSA)
  • Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health (CADTH)
  • Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI)
  • Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement (CFHI)
  • Canada Health Infoway (Infoway)
  • Canadian Patient Safety Institute (CPSI)
  • Canadian Partnership Against Cancer (CPAC)
  • Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC)

Federal efforts to “consider” bridging national: research, practice, policy, in Health Care

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