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Day 1

Wednesday, December 07, 2022

All times below are Eastern Time
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09:15AM – 09:45AM

Online

Registration

09:45 AM

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09:45AM – 09:50AM

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Opening

Opening Comments from the Co-Chairs

Paris Semansky
Director of Communications and Public Affairs, CAMH

Agnes Bongers
Chief Communications Officer, St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton

09:50 AM

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09:50AM – 10:00AM

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Welcome

Welcome Remarks

Sarah Downey
CEO, CAMH

10:00 AM

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10:00AM – 10:45AM

Session 1

The Kids Aren’t Alright: Responding to the State of Youth Mental Health

Moderator: Agnes Bongers, Chief Communications Officer, St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton

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Young people have been hit particularly hard during the pandemic. They have increased incidences of depression, suicide, disordered eating, among others. Responding to their needs remains vitally important to ensure timely treatment is delivered.

And while there have been many challenges in reaching youth, there have been – and continue to be – many solutions and successes to draw on. Join in on the discussion as we look at current trends and how to better provide youth mental illness treatment.

Key Takeaways and Discussion Topics:

  • Understand the current state and outlook of youth mental health
  • What policy solutions are needed, and what can we do at the local level, including homelessness youth
  • Gain specific tips for parents, educators, and caregivers to support their children

Eric Windeler
Founder, Jack.org

Tatum Wilson
CEO, Children’s Mental Health Ontario

Sebastian Benavides
BSW RSW, Team Lead, The Alex (Calgary)

Susan Conway
Mental Health Advocate, Member, Family Advisory Committee, CAMH

10:45 AM

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10:45AM – 11:30AM

Session 2

Policy Update: Preparing for MAiD (Medical Assistance in Dying) and Mental Illness

Moderator: Paris Semansky, Director of Communications and Public Affairs, CAMH

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In March 2023, MAiD will become legal for people whose sole medical condition is mental illness. This legislative change will be met with questions, concerns, and new patient requests. Understanding this new legal landscape, and its clinical, organizational, ethical, and policy implications, will be essential for healthcare providers and administrators, particularly those in the mental health sector.  

Key Takeaways and Discussion Topics:  

  • What are the essential pieces of information you need to know? 
  • Overview of the legal landscape and its evolution  
  • What are the big questions?  
  • What is the government doing to support implementation? 
  • What are the medical, social, and ethical considerations?  
  • What should healthcare providers be doing to prepare? 

Roslyn Shields
Senior Policy Analyst, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH)

Michele Warner
Director of Clinical Legal Services & Clinical Legal Counsel, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health 

11:30 AM

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11:30AM – 11:45AM

Break

Morning Break

11:45 AM

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11:45AM – 12:30PM

Session 3A

London ON Community
Community Outreach and Support Teams: Collaborative Solutions to Local Mental Health Crises

Moderator: Bart D. Campbell, Crisis Triage, St Joseph’s Hospital, Hamilton, COAST

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Local community outreach is a critical component in managing mental illness and addictions effectively. Too often those that need help are not getting the right help and the right time.

In 2020 the London Police Services received 3084 mental health and addiction calls for service. Although London has well established partnerships between crisis services and first responders including drop-offs at the Crisis Centre and protocols with the Crisis Response Team, gaps in the continuum of crisis response service remained.

Recognizing the unmet need to improve support of individuals in crisis, in addition to better equipping officers who are tasked with responding under the Mental Health Act, the London Police Service (LPS), the Middlesex-London Paramedic Service (MLPS), St. Joseph’s Health Care London (St. Joseph’s) and the Canadian Mental Health Association Thames Valley Addiction and Mental Health Services, (CMHA TVAMHS) partnered to create the Community Outreach and Support Team (COAST) in April of 2021.

This interactive presentation will include representatives from the partnership who will share their experiences.

Key Session Takeaways and Learnings:

  • The origin of the model, and rationale for its use
  • How they are reached out to support individuals experiencing serious/acute mental health and addiction needs, including those with prolific interactions with the police.
  • What their recent evaluation concluded
  • Some of the lessons they learned along the way

Deb Gibson
Director, Mental Health Ambulatory and Outreach Services, St. Joseph’s Health Care London

Lori Hassall
MSW, RSW, VP of Services & Supports, CMHA Thames Valley Addiction & Mental Health Services

M. Blair Harvey
Inspector, Community Mobilization & Support, Uniformed Division, London Police Service

Anonymous
Governance Committee, Lived Experience, COAST London

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11:45AM – 12:30PM

Session 3B

Implementing Land-Based Detox Models for Indigenous Peoples

Moderator: Carly Weeks, Health Reporter, The Globe and Mail

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Land-based detox models are now a legitimate avenue to treat addictions for First Nations. Though this was not always the case. It took many years for Indigenous Services Canada to recognize its use and successes, but finally the funding models are being revised to expand the treatment options.

With a 7-day treatment and ceremony period with trauma informed counselling, First Nations patients are reconnecting with their culture and experiencing great results in achieving long-term sobriety.

Key Takeaways and Discussion Topics:

  • Hear how the program developed, and the support it achieved in producing results
  • Understand what the program entails, how it’s delivered, and why graduates succeed
  • Learn what the long-term prospects are for patients, and how patients are cared for throughout their recovery
  • What the next steps will be, and where their biggest challenges lie, including meeting demand

Doug Davey
Land-Based Program Coordinator, Mushkegowuk OMA

Summer Rickard
Mushkegowuk Council

12:30 PM

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12:30PM – 01:15PM

Break

Lunch

01:15 PM

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01:15PM – 02:00PM

Session 4

Scaling Up Maternal Mental Healthcare by Increasing Access to Talk Therapies (SUMMIT) Study: Increasing Psychotherapy Access for Pregnant and Post-Partum Women

Moderator: Paris Semansky, Director of Communications and Public Affairs, CAMH 

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An ongoing PCORI-funded, patient-centered SUMMIT Trial is currently being implemented in Toronto, Chapel Hill and Chicago aims to improve access to brief, patient-centered psychotherapy (talk therapy) for pregnant and postpartum women experiencing depression and anxiety. Upon completion, it will be among the largest psychotherapy trials in the world and has important lessons for our Canadian context to scale up effective treatments while addressing the healthcare worker crisis.

This is an important initiative because although psychotherapy is a preferred treatment among women, only about one in five can access it.

Key Takeaways and Discussion Topics:

  • What is the objective of the study and therapy, as well as the desired outcomes
  • How is the team removing barriers to care
  • What have the early results shown, and what are the next steps to be delivered

Dr. Daisy Singla
Independent Scientist, Institute of Mental Health Policy Research & Centre for Complex Interventions, Campbell Family Mental Health Research Institute, CAMH

02:00 PM

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02:00PM – 02:15PM

Break

Afternoon Break

02:15 PM

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02:15PM – 03:00PM

Session 5

Substance Use Disorder: Treatment, Stigma, and the Case for Decriminalization of Drugs

Moderator: Agnes Bongers, Chief Communications Officer, St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton

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There is a growing movement toward decriminalizing personal drug use. Vancouver and Toronto have both floated the concept, with Vancouver police being told to stop drug arrests and provide more help to those in need. Other countries have taken this route, most notably Portugal, where deaths, crime, and incarceration declined.

Key Takeaways and Discussion Topics:

  • The case for decriminalization and why it’s seeing success
  • What a robust policy and system would look like to bring about substantive change
  • Various models and how they can be applied to Canada
  • Cannabis legalization, and what we can learn from its impact so far

Dr. Ginette Poulin
Medical Director, Concurrent Disorders, Waypoint Centre for Mental Health Care 

Randy Fincham
Inspector, Vancouver Police Department 

Stacey Bowen
Forensic Unit, Frontline Peer Support Worker, CAMH

03:00 PM

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03:00pm – 03:15pm

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Closing

Closing Remarks From the Co-Chairs

Paris Semansky
Director of Communications and Public Affairs, CAMH

Agnes Bongers
Chief Communications Officer, St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton

03:15 PM

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03:15PM - 04:00PM

Activity

Interactive Networking Trivia Session – Kahoot!

Day 2

Thursday, December 08, 2022

All times below are Eastern Time
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09:15AM – 09:45AM

Online

Registration

09:45 AM

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09:45AM – 10:00AM

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Welcome

Opening Remarks from the Co-Chairs

Paris Semansky
Director of Communications and Public Affairs, CAMH

Agnes Bongers
Chief Communications Officer, St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton

10:00 AM

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10:00AM – 10:45AM

Session 6

Lessons Learned on Improving Mental Health in the Workplace

Moderator: Agnes Bongers, Chief Communications Officer, St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton

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There has been progressively more attention placed on mental health in the workplace, but it has increased during Covid. And with higher awareness, there is an increasing demand for services and treatment.

Understanding the scope of the issue, and how best to respond, is a challenge being felt across industries, including healthcare.

Key Takeaways and Discussion Topics:

  • Successful tips for creating a mentally healthy work environment
  • Developing a blueprint for encouraging openness for seeking help
  • Available solutions for supporting staff members experiencing mental health challenges

Margaret McKinnon
Professor, Psychiatry & Behavioural Neurosciences,
McMaster University

Dr. Joseph Pellizzari
Clinical Health Psychologist, St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton
Co-Developer, Coping and Resilience Support Team (CARS) 

Erika Haber-Evans
MSc, Registered Psychotherapist, Assistant Clinical Professor (PT), Coordinator of Clinical Education for MSc Psychotherapy, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences, McMaster University

10:45 AM

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10:45AM – 11:00AM

Break

Morning Break

11:00 AM

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11:00AM – 11:45AM

Session 7A

Psychedelics, Mental Health, and Substance Use: The Science, the Treatment, and the Reality

Moderator: Paris Semansky, Director of Communications and Public Affairs, CAMH 

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Psychedelics are having a moment. They are being advocated by famous authors, celebrities, professional athletes, and also many mental health and substance use clinicians and researchers. And while the bulk of the media attention seems to be devoted to recreation and enlightenment, we are gaining promising therapeutic results for people with challenges related to mental health and substance use health.

 Delve deeper into the potential benefits, nuances, and issues surrounding the use of psychedelics in a therapeutic context. 

 Key Takeaways and Discussion Topics:

  • The possibilities of using psychedelics to treat challenges related to mental health and substance use health
  • Where are we seeing the biggest successes and what this means for future treatments and regulation
  • What are some of the challenges doing research in this field and interpreting the results

Dr. Brian Rush
Emeritus Scientist, CAMH
Professor, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto

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11:00AM – 11:45AM

Session 7B

Best Practices and Research-Based Lessons Learned for Improving Access to Mental Health Treatments for Racialized Populations

Moderator: Carly Weeks, Health Reporter, The Globe and Mail

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While equal access to healthcare is a fundamental right in Canada, healthcare ​inequity continues to exist for racialized populations, among other groups. Fewer treatment options for mental health can be a result of geography, but it can also be through systemic discrimination, and/or individual bigotry.

Combating these very real issues is a major focus for many organizations. Here we discuss some of the barriers racialized patients are experiencing, and what is needed to create equity in mental health access and treatment at the local, and institutional level.

Key Takeaways and Discussion Topics:

  • The current state of mental health inequities across racialized groups in Canada  
  • Main barriers at various stages of accessing care, and how can they be overcome
  • Research lessons learned – successes and challenges to take home
  • Know your population – how administrators and front-line workers can respond and make changes at the local level
  • What everyone can do to create more equitable access to mental health care

Arij Alarachi
Grad Student, McMaster University (Health Equity)

Sabrina Syan
Psychologist, St. Joseph’s Healthcare, Hamilton

11:45 AM

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11:45AM – 12:30PM

Session 8

Geriatric Mental Health: Brain Stimulation to Improve Short- and Long-Term Memory

Moderator: Paris Semansky, Director of Communications and Public Affairs, CAMH

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Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia can be devastating for families. It is also a stressor on healthcare services, as later stages require more aggressive treatments.

New treatments being rolled out now are showing some promise, particularly with respect to ECT and rEMS.

Key Session Takeaways Include:

  • What do these new treatments entail, and which patients are the most likely to benefit
  • What are the early results of trials, and when can we expect great access to treatments
  • What role do front-line staff play in guiding patients to these novel new treatments

Amer Burhan
Physician-in-Chief, Ontario Shores

12:30 PM

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12:30PM – 12:35PM

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Closing

Closing Remarks from the Co-Chairs and Adjournment

Paris Semansky
Director of Communications and Public Affairs, CAMH

Agnes Bongers
Chief Communications Officer, St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton

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