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Welcome to our Knowledge and Resources section. Here we have gathered various resources including videos, documents, website links and other materials. You can search by topic, population, and/or type of resource, by using the drop down menus below, and then clicking “filter”.

We have highlighted what we consider to be “fundamental resources” for the topics and populations – these are selected with a coloured bar. If you want to understand the basics for particular areas, we suggest starting with these.

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Fundamental Resources

AIDS Bureau, Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care

The AIDS Bureau provides specific information and resources on the situation in Ontario for human service providers.

Ontario’s co-ordinated response to HIV/AIDS includes policy development and program delivery. The province spends approximately $55 million a year on HIV/AIDS-related initiatives. This does not include physician billings to OHIP or HIV/AIDS drugs.

The Ontario government provides funding for more than 90 programs and services across the province to deliver HIV/AIDS prevention, education and support programs for those infected and affected by HIV/AIDS, and those most at risk of acquiring HIV/AIDS in Ontario.

Substance Abuse in Canada: Concurrent Disorders

Substance Abuse in Canada: Concurrent Disorders examines the latest evidence on the complex interconnection between addiction and mental illness, and identifies important areas that require action if we are to improve client care and patient outcomes.

100 Ways to Support Recovery

This is a guide for mental health staff, which
aims to support the development of a focus on
recovery within our services. It provides different
ideas for working with service users in a recovery
oriented fashion.

It is written on the basis of two beliefs:

• First, recovery is something worked towards and
experienced by the person with mental illness. It is
not something services can do to the person. The
contribution of staff is to support the person in
their journey towards recovery.

• Second, the journey of recovery is individual. The
best way of supporting an individual’s recovery
will vary from person to person.

Employment and Education for People with Mental Illness

Discussion paper on Employment and Education for People with Mental Illness, developed by the Canadian Mental Health Association, Ontario and the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health.

The paper includes an in-depth discussion about key factors which affect the employment and education prospects of people with mental illness, as well as an executive summary, goals, challenges and next steps.

Ontario Federation of Community Mental Health and Addictions Programs

The federation brings together community mental health and addiction services in the province of Ontario to help members provide effective, high-quality services through information sharing, education, advocacy and unified effort.

Ontario Mental Health and Addictions Knowledge Exchange Network

OMHAKEN is a knowledge exchange network initially established to support the research of the System Enhancement Evaluation Initiative (SEEI).

While SEEI was the initial impetus for the creation of OMHAKEN, it was always envisioned as a network that would outlive SEEI, and continue on as a mechanism for interaction between mental health and addiction researchers and research stakeholders across the province of Ontario.

OMHAKEN’s goal is to create and share knowledge about services and supports to build a better mental health and addictions system.

OMHAKEN works to improve the quality of mental health and addictions services, supports, research and policy by linking and engaging providers, planners, researchers, decision-makers, policy-makers, consumers and families in knowledge creation and exchange across all levels of government and the health care system.

OMHAKEN bridges the worlds of service provision, planning, policy and research through initiatives such as:

knowledge exchange meetings,
training and education related to knowledge exchange, and,
a website for communication purposes.

The network has been built from the ground-up, starting with the identification of knowledge exchange leads from each Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) mental health and addiction planning group. The leads are connected to the Coordinating Centre, located at the Health Systems Research and Consulting Unit, CAMH, and to each other for the broad purpose of knowledge exchange.

Existing and new networks are linked in to OMHAKEN, resulting in a broad network of mental health and addictions stakeholders from across the province using a “network of networks” approach.

Connex Ontario

ConnexOntario Health Services Information is a corporation operating the services below. We exist to improve access to alcohol and drug, gambling and mental health services for the people of Ontario. We also support the development of an efficient and accountable service system by providing planning information to system managers and stewards. ConnexOntario is funded by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.

The Drug and Alcohol Registry of Treatment (DART) provides information and referral to alcohol and drug treatment services in Ontario.
When you or someone you know is struggling with an alcohol or drug problem it can be hard to know what to do. Call us. We can provide you with information 24/7 about alcohol or drug treatment services that will assist you.

The Ontario Problem Gambling Helpline (OPGH) is a province-wide information and referral service with interpretation available in more than 140 languages.

If Gambling is affecting your life, calling the Ontario Problem Gambling Helpline can be the first step towards a solution. Call us 24 hours a day, 7 days a week or click the link below to visit our website.

Mental Health Service Information (MHSIO) provides comprehensive information about mental health services and supports across Ontario.
Call us 24/7 and a professional Information and Referral Specialist will be happy to help you. Start by getting clear information about mental health services and supports that will assist you or someone you care about to get help. Your call is free, confidential and anonymous.

Centre for Addiction and Mental Health

The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) is Canada’s largest mental health and addiction teaching hospital, as well as one of the world’s leading research centres in the area of addiction and mental health. CAMH is fully affiliated with the University of Toronto, and is a Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization Collaborating Centre.

CAMH combines clinical care, research, education, policy and health promotion to transform the lives of people affected by mental health and addiction issues.

We have central facilities located in Toronto, Ontario and 32 community locations throughout the province. CAMH was formed in 1998 as a result of the merger of the Clarke Institute of Psychiatry, the Addiction Research Foundation, the Donwood Institute and Queen Street Mental Health Centre.

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