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Issue 581 / November 22, 2018

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Peer Support Compensation Survey

From the desk of Barbara Frampton
Hope all is well with you as we move into what is quickly feeling like winter.
In order to set a standard and work towards collaborating with other organizations when they come forward questions regarding Peer Support standards, we have collaborated with Stella's Place in Toronto on this survey piece.
Ontario Peer Development Initiative and Stella's Place are very much wanting to stay in tune with current Peer Support Worker roles, salaries and work arrangements.  As we see growth in the number of peer roles in the system (which is very excellent), through increased training opportunities and role development for peer support workers, we are both willing to facilitate information gathering in the mental health and recovery sector.  Also, there are a number of approaches to job categories and titles across organizations.
We are hoping that you will be interested in contributing to our collective learning by completing this anonymous survey.  We will share results with those organizations who participate with the permission of contributors.  Please feel free to contact either Robin Witty, our HR manager ( or Barb Frampton ( if you have any questions or thoughts.
Please go to the link below and complete the survey by Friday, November 30th.
We thank you for your willingness to support the impactful role of peers with lived experience in the mental health workforce.
Do you have a project you would like OPDI to collaborate with you on?  Contact me and let's make it happen.
All the best,



Dalla Lana School of Public Health’s “Confront the Crisis” conference

Report by Raymond Cheng

OPDI attended last weekend’s student-led Dalla Lana School of Public Health’s
“Confront the Crisis” conference at the University of Toronto.  The timely event focused on harm reduction and opioids from a variety of contexts, and featured guest speakers and keynoters immersed deeply in that environment as volunteers, healthcare workers, and advocates.

The recurring theme that human lives are being lost and that it is a public health issue was addressed...


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Ontario's Government for the People Announces Plan to Restore Dignity, Independence and Empowerment to Social Assistance System

Today, Ontario’s Government for the People announced social assistance reforms 

Helping to End Hallway Medicine in Mississauga

Today, Premier Doug Ford, accompanied by Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, as well as Monte McNaughton, Minister of Infrastructure, were at Trillium Health Partners' Credit Valley Hospital, to celebrate the completion and grand opening of its newly-expanded facility.



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Have We Been Getting Schizophrenia Wrong?

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How New Standards Would Fail People with Severe Mental Illnesses

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The mental health system was never broken – it was built this way

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Lived Experience

Homelessness and Mental Health: On the Front Lines

Officers Armond and Dodson, whose personal histories uniquely qualify them for this outreach effort, have personally gotten 49 people off the streets and into drug and alcohol treatment.


52 Mental Health Resources for Disabled People, POC, LGBTQ Folks, and More

"For some clients, sharing a minoritized identity with a therapist may reduce guardedness, mistrust, and self-consciousness."

Link between childhood adversity, burnout and depression

A new study has found that undergraduate nursing students who were exposed to a higher number of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) -- such as abuse, neglect or family dysfunction -- encountered higher levels of burnout and depression.
Input Wanted

Seeking input on care for people living with Anxiety Disorders and OCD

Participate in a virtual focus group about system-level challenges and enablers to adopting the care outlined in the Health Quality Ontario Anxiety Disorders and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) quality standards.

We are interested in hearing from a cross-section of professionals from a broad range of organizations who are working to deliver care for children, youth, and adults living with anxiety disorders and OCD, including but not limited to front-line staff, program managers, and senior leaders. Your feedback will inform the recommendations for adoption developed by Health Quality Ontario to support uptake of the quality standards.

The Provincial System Support Program (PSSP) at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) will be hosting a number of discussion groups on behalf of Health Quality Ontario through Adobe Connect web conferencing software, with approximately 8–14 participants per group. Each session will focus on a specific area of service delivery:

  1. Identification and Assessment of Anxiety Disorders and OCD (November 22, 12 noon– 1:15 PM)
  2. Monitoring and Follow-Up for People with Anxiety Disorders and OCD (November 23, 12 noon-1:15 PM)
  3. Managing Anxiety Disorders: The Stepped Care Approach (November 26, 12 noon–1:15 PM)
  4. Effective Approaches to Managing OCD (November 28, 12 noon–1:15 PM)
  5. Support for Families and Continuity of Care for People with OCD (November 29, 12 noon–1:15 PM)

Click here to learn more and to sign up for one of these groups.

Peer Support Worker
Centre for Addiction and Mental Health - Toronto, ON 
View job posting

Drop In Community Support Worker
Sistering - A Woman's Place - Toronto, ON 
View job posting 

Indigenous Harm Reduction Worker
Ontario Aboriginal HIV/AIDS Strategy - Toronto, ON 
View job posting

Peer Group Facilitators – Purchase of Service
Interim Place - Mississauga, ON
We require 6 Peer Group Facilitators to participate on an advisory committee, develop a curriculum and co-facilitate a support group for women who have experienced violence for 12 weeks.
View job posting

Peer Mentor
Peel Addiction Assessment and Referral Centre - Mississauga, ON
Deadline Nov 23
View job posting

Family Peer Supporter - Ottawa
Parents' Lifelines of Eastern Ontario - Ottawa, ON 
View job posting

Peer Support Specialist Contract
CMHA York Region - Vaughan, ON
Deadline Nov 27
view job posting
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