September 18, 2017
2:00 pm to 3:00 pmAdd to Calendar (iCal) Add to Google Calendar
Creating Sustainable Change across ‘Our Sector’
About the Session:
The science of change, quality Improvement (QI), is a well-established practice in the Acute Care Sector. Unfortunately, their frameworks are difficult to transpose to the Community Mental Health and Addictions Sector where client outcomes are often more nebulous and qualitative than procedure utilization and infection rates. While there are valuable lessons learned from other sectors, translating these practices can be onerous and create barriers to safeguarding the use of best practices, promoting optimal client outcomes and ensuring continuity of care. The Excellence through Quality Improvement Project (E-QIP) is a first of its kind initiative to increase the understanding of the scientific model of change as it applies to “our sector”. E-QIP will present the experiential development of the Community of Practice (CoP). They will share lessons learned in building sector capacity through providing agencies with Data and Quality Coaching support and mentorship. They will also demonstrate how to critically navigate the logical Model for Improvement and measure the impacts on client outcomes, workloads and process indicators specific to ‘our sectors’ unique work.
Michael Dunn has worked in the mental health and addictions sector for over 12 years in a wide variety of roles. Currently, Michael is the Director of Quality Improvement with the Canadian Mental Health Association, Ontario. He is passionate about the ethical application of quality improvement as a means to strengthen the relationships we have with clients and families.
Sandra Cunning is seconded from the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) where she serves as Director of Evaluation for the CAMH Provincial Systems Support Program (PSSP). Sandra holds a Ph.D. in Psychology. Her efforts have focused on implementing and evaluating evidence-informed practices in mental health (child and adult sectors) as well as building evaluation capacity and collaborative partnerships including a focus on First Nations communities and services.
Mississauga Halton Region Enhancing & Sustaining Peer Support Initiative
About the Session:
There has been a growing recognition in major Federal, Provincial and LHIN strategic planning documents that the integration of peer supports and expertise into the mental health and addictions service system is critical to enhancing the equitable access of people to these services. The Enhancing and Sustaining Peer Support Initiative (the Initiative) funded through the Mississauga Halton LHIN, is a leading-edge program that has led to the hiring, training, and support for formal peer support workers into the health care system. Forty paid peer positions are embedded across eleven LHIN funded and accredited Health Service Providers (HSPs) such as hospital psychiatric inpatient units, addictions residential treatment, supportive housing programs, central access, employment support programs, community mental health and addiction providers, and self-help education and support groups. They provide expanded support to people receiving service and their families as well as holding out the potential for expanded understanding of and appreciation for the recovery model and meaningful, person-centric change in the mental health and addictions systems.