Think tank promotes knowledge sharing and dialogue

On March 26, 2013, the CoI held a Think Tank on Mental Health & Addictions-Related Emergency Department Use by Racialized Populations in Ontario. The purpose was to promote knowledge sharing and stakeholder dialogue. Over 100 participants from across the province attended in-person and virtually. The recordings of the webinar, which was broadcast live, and materials from the day are posted below.

View the backgrounder document.

Morning Session

Welcome & Objectives

  • Sheela Subramanian, Planning and Policy Analyst, Canadian Mental Health Association, Ontario
  • Aseefa Sarang, Executive Director, Across Boundaries

View the slides.

Keynote Address

Understanding Emergency Department Use by Racialized Populations
Anne Bowlby, Manager of Mental Health and Addictions Unit, Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care
View the slides.

Plenary Session 

Moderator, Dr. Vicky Stergiopoulos, Psychiatrist-in-Chief, St. Michael’s Hospital


Findings from COI Consultations with Service Providers and People with Lived Experience 
Deqa Farah, Community Mental Health Promoter
Community Resource Connections of Toronto
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Strategies for Implementing Effective Police-Emergency Department Protocols 
Uppala Chandrasekera, Planning and Policy Analyst, Canadian Mental Health Association, Ontario, and Policy Advisor, Provincial Human Services and Justice Coordinating Committee (HSJCC)
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Peer Support in the ED: Value, Opportunities and Challenges 
Frank Fournier, Community Support Worker, St. Michael’s Hospital
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Mental Health Shared Care Models: A Response to ED Usage and Racialized Women 
Notisha Massaquoi, Executive Director, Women’s Health in Women’s Hands
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Question and Answer Session

Watch the morning webinar session.

Afternoon Session

Keynote Address

Camille Orridge, CEO, Toronto Central Local Health Integration Network
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Wrap Up & Next Steps

Sheela Subramanian, Planning and Policy Analyst, Canadian Mental Health Association, Ontario
Aseefa Sarang, Executive Director, Across Boundaries

Watch the afternoon webinar session.

Promising Practices Slideshow

During the Think Tank lunch, a slideshow on emergency department diversion promising practices was presented. These practices were gathered from a survey developed by the CoI to better understand:

  • The use of ED services by racialized groups in Ontario related to mental health and/or addictions; and
  • The current situation and lay the ground work for future action.

Through the survey, the CoI was able to build an inventory of knowledge, promising practices, and opportunities in this area. The information gathered was used to further the dialogue and inform program and policy planning. 

The Promising Practices identified from stakeholders across Ontario through the survey, include:

  • Mental Health Emergency Department Placement Coordinator (MHEPDC)
  • Hospital to Home Partnership
  • Shared Care
  • Emergency Department Diversion (EDD) Program
  • Coordinate Access to Care from Hospital Emergency Departments (CATCH ED)

If you have a Promising Practice around emergency department diversion that you would like share, please contact Sheela Subramanian (ssubramanian [at] ontario [dot] cmha [dot] ca) or Angela Yip (angela [dot] yip [at] camh [dot] ca).

Graphic recording sketches by Patricia Kambitsch:

Morning Part 1

Morning Part 2

Afternoon Session

Afternoon Report Back 1

Afternoon Report Back 2

Afternoon Key Note Graphic

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