September 19, 2017
1:30 pm to 3:00 pmAdd to Calendar (iCal) Add to Google Calendar
Reducing Inequities in Accessing Mental Health and Addiction Support: one-Link’s Response
About the Session:
Led by Halton Healthcare, one-Link is the centralized access model for addiction and mental health referrals for 10 partner agencies within the Mississauga Halton Local Health Integration Network for adults 16 and older. This presentation will highlight the evolution of one-Link from a health equity lens through a brief summary of where we began, where we are today and what are the next steps in continuing to develop and respond to ensuring equitable access to mental health and addiction services. The presentation will review the current health equity data collected by one-Link and highlight our quality improvement focus in response to reduce barriers to accessing care for individuals that are marginalized due to social/economic determinants of health combined with mental health and addictions challenges. The presentation will also offer a summary of support services offered at one-Link from a peer perspective that embraces diversity and further helps to reduce the barriers to accessing care. A personal journey will be shared from point of referral through to interim peer support to connection with the requested service as well as how this feedback has influenced ongoing improvements through co-design.
Tricia Nikkari, MSW, RSW completed her MSW at the University of Toronto in 2000. Over the past 17 years, she has had the opportunity to work within several mental health settings in Canada and abroad, including an ACT team, First Episode Psychosis Clinic and Child and Youth Mental Health. Currently, Tricia is working as a Service Coordinator with one-Link in the Mississauga Halton Region. Her work affords her the opportunity to ensure equitable access to care from a collaborative, strength-based approach. When she’s not working, Tricia can be found spending time with family or swimming, biking and running.
Chelsea Robertson, SSW Scholar is a lover of all sports and athletics and a passionate lawn bowler! I always knew I would end up working in the field of Social Service. Making a difference in the lives of others is what drives me… I have worked in community mental health for many, many years, but this is my first role as a Peer Mentor. Working for One-Link allows me the opportunity to be my true authentic self. I can just be me!
Foundry: Transforming Access to Integrated Care for BC’s Young People
About the Session:
Foundry is forging a new, province-wide culture of care through the development of a network of centres and e-health services — co-created with service partners, young people and families in communities across BC. Foundry is making it easier for young people to find the care, connection and support they need through one-stop storefront locations offering primary care, mental health, substance use and social services, as well as youth and family peer navigation and support. This is a multi-disciplinary, multi-level and multi-sector approach that is anchored in the community. Our workshop will present the conditions necessary for this collective impact process in BC and the underpinnings of the concept; the role of the backbone organization. We will explore how Foundry has taken shape in one community with CMHA Kelowna as the lead agency through our successes, challenges as early adoptors and we will take a look at opportunities and applications for the future.
Shelagh Turner MSc, Executive Director CMHA Kelowna. Shelagh is passionate about building strong and sustainable organizations that provide services and supports that make an impact in her community. Shelagh has dedicated almost 30 years working for CMHA in Ontario and British Columbia in leadership, organizational and community development initiatives.
Pamela Liversidge, MPA Director of Policy & Partnerships – Foundry. Prior to Foundry, Pam worked with the Provincial government developing province-wide strategies in housing, child welfare, and mental health and substance use. Pam enjoys working with diverse stakeholders to address challenges, and is excited about transforming systems to improve individual health outcomes.
Mike Gawliuk, MA, Director of Service Delivery and Program Innovation with CMHA Kelowna. Mike has an extensive track record in developing, implementing and evaluating community based social services, most recently taking the lead in establishing Foundry Kelowna. With a strong skill set in community development, he is passionate about the power Collective Impact holds in influencing systemic change and addressing ‘wicked’ social problems.