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As new research reports and discussion papers become available that are relevant to stakeholders of the mental health and addictions systems and to OMHAKEN’s work, they will be posted here for you to read and download in PDF format. 

Determining the harm reduction services required for safer crystal methamphetamine smoking in Toronto

Researchers in Toronto have conducted a study to determine the health problems experienced by crystal meth smokers, associated risk behaviours (including pipe sharing and unprotected sex), and the ideal contents of a 'safer crystal meth smoking' kit.

Connections Knowledge Exchange:  Optimizing the Health of Women with Substance Use Issues and their Children

The goal of Connections is to develop and evaluate a knowledge translation (KT) strategy for service providers in order to improve services for women with substance use issues and their children.  Data gained through surveys and telephone interviews along with a review of the KT literature, informed the development of the interactive KT strategy that is now being implemented and evaluated in a pilot study to assess feasibility and potential impact.

Screening for Concurrent Disorders: CIHR Dissemination Project

Following a lengthy collaborative process to address a widely recognized need with an evidence-based response in the Canadian context, two consecutive research proposals were funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR).  The first study was developed to validate screening tools for the identification of mental disorders in clients with substance use problems, and the second, a knowledge transfer grant to test the feasability of a staged approach to screening for mental disorders in clients entering substance use treatment services.  This report, Screening for Concurrent Disorders:  CIHR Dissemination Project, led by Dr. Brian Rush and colleagues, presents frindings from the knowledge transfer component of this collaborative community research process.

Police & Mental Health: A Critical Review of Joint Police and Mental Health Collaborations in Ontario.

This report presented by the Provincial Human Services and Justice Coordinating Committee, is a provincial examination of issues related to police/mental health collaboration.  The report highlights successes and challenges of collaboration between the criminal justice and mental health systems in Ontario. Specifically, three key questions are addressed: 1) What legislation and policies impact on police/mental health collaboration? 2) What types of police/mental health collaboration initiatives currently exist in Ontario? 3) What are the issues related to police/mental health initiatives?  The report, with innovative solutions profiled throughout, is devised into three parts: Part 1 identifies issues relating to police/mental health collaboration that were raised during the key informant interviews; Part 2 provides an overview of the HSJCC police/mental health survey findings; and, Part 3 provides extensive background information about the justice and mental health systems in Ontario. 

Rating Need for Care in the Ontario Common Assessment of Need (OCAN): A Reliability Assessment

This is an inter-rater reliability study of the Camberwell items in the OCAN led by Janet Durbin PhD and Elizabeth Lin, PhD.  This study assessed the reliability of ratings made by program staff from different organizations based on the same consumer information. The specific goal was to contribute evidence regarding the potential for staff from different organizational settings in Ontario to achieve consistent ratings of need for care when using the same consumer information.

Home for All - A Toolkit

Best Practices - A Literature Review

Best Practices - A Project Background Document

This new toolkit presents a model of anti-oppressive, culturally competent supportive housing, and best practice recommendations for supportive housing for ethnic minority and racialized clients experiencing mental health and addictions challenges. The project was developed by members of the Supportive Housing and Diversity Group (SHAD), which currently includes the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Community Resource Connections of Toronto, LOFT Community Services, Mainstay Housing, Across Boundaries: An Ethnoracial Mental Health Centre, Houselink Community Homes, Margaret Frazer House, and COSTI Immigrant Services. Project resources include the toolkit, literature review, and project background document, available above in PDF format.        

Employment and Education for People with Mental Illness – A Discussion Paper, January 2010

This paper, prepared by the Canadian Mental Health Association, Ontario, and the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, is intended to support efforts to come up with the right combination of employment support services, disability income programs, human rights legislation, and education and economic incentives to help people with mental illness connect to the labour market in Ontario. The paper includes in-depth discussion about key factors which affect the employment and education prospects of people with mental illness.

Mental Health Services in Ontario, 2004

This study looked at how well the province is meeting the needs of people with serious mental illness. Researchers based the study on data collected during the Provincial Psychiatric Hospital and Community Comprehensive Assessment Projects. The report includes a one-pager of main messages, an executive summary, and key findings.   

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