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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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September 5, 2017
The Brave New World of Health Quality Standards

By Raymond Cheng

The other day, I participated in a webinar for a draft presentation of Quality Standards of Care for Schizophrenia in the Community. As an individual with lived experience, my viewpoint was decidedly…

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August 28, 2017
Bullying Has No Place in the Integration Process

By Raymond Cheng

Among consumer/survivor initiatives and peer support programs, the word “integration” is often not a pleasant one. Why? Integrations bring several structural changes that are often contrary to the values and beliefs of…

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