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Welcome to Ontario Peer 
Development Initiative

Ontario Peer Development is an organization of organizations. Our members are mental health Consumer/Survivor Initiatives and Peer Support Organizations across Ontario. These organizations are run by and for people with lived experience of a mental health issue or addiction issue. Our members provide a wide range of services and activities within their communities. No two are the same, but all approach their activities from the common understanding that people can and do recover with the proper supports in place, and that peer support is integral to successful recovery. Most of our member organizations work with their local mental health system tables to bring the consumer voice to service planning, evaluation, and coordination, and provide direct informal or formal peer support and self-advocacy support to individuals.

OPDI in turn brings the voice of these organizations to provincial-level policy and planning processes, research projects, and system advocacy issues.

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October 17, 2018
Advocating for Paul and Protecting Peter

By Raymond Cheng

As we ease towards winter and a full up-and-running provincial government, what can we expect?   Make no mistake; Ontario is fast becoming a defensive environment for people with lived experience in Ontario. …

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September 14, 2018
GUEST BLOG: Building a Robust Peer Navigator Program to Accelerate Recovery: Q&A with a Peer Program Coordinator

By Raymond Cheng

Rachel Yard, Center for Health Care Strategies August 16, 2018     Coordinating Care for Individuals with Substance Use Disorders, a unique program in Pittsburgh’s Allegheny County, uses peer navigators to engage…

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August 27, 2018
Peer Support is Trending in Ontario

By Raymond Cheng

  It can be said that peer support in Ontario is developing in new directions recognized in the mainstream. A major reason recognized by peers and professionals alike is that “human connection…

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Our free weekly electronic bulletin highlights current news and developments related to mental health and addictions knowledge, research and policy, and the social determinants of mental health, all from the perspective of people with lived experience. Anyone may subscribe.

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Our Annual Lighthouse Awards program currently has five categories: three for individuals and two for organizations.  Nominations open every June and are presented at our Conference and Annual General Meeting in autumn.

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OPDI Peer Support Core Essentials Program is a basic skills training for people who have recovered their own mental health to the point of being ready to support others on their recovery journey.

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This newsletter is emailed exclusively to the main person of contact at every OPDI member organization.  It applies a closer lens to current events and developments that could impact our member organizations and those they serve.

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