1. Broken systems, changes
The Ontario Government has identified areas of the health system that are broken. They are going to make changes. The budget is due April 11th. The Bulletin will try to share the results but we appreciate any updates you have, including from contacting your MPP, which you can do by email, phone or in person.
Note Changes at Consumption and Treatment Services or OPS or SIS
“The Government of Ontario is putting people and communities first, and has reviewed all Consumption and Treatment Services applications and approved 15 sites in areas with the greatest need. These sites will serve as part of the government's plan to increase mental health and addiction services and supports."
Stay in touch and call ahead and share any news about sites. As of April 4th all Toronto sites are open, but these three were not approved (not funded) so they may close:
- St. Stephen’s Community House Kensington Market – Corner Drop In Centre Overdose Prevention Site (Temporary) 260 Augusta Street
- Toronto Public Health - The Works – Supervised Injection Service 277 Victoria Street
- Street Health 338 Dundas Street East
- Intro: Changes...
- Moments in C/S Bulletin History
- Rights and News
- Key Free Events
- Get ready to act - April 16th We grieve thousands - National Day of Action on the Overdose Crisis
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History Bulletin 344 April 1, 2007
2007: … As the label consumer/survivor states we are consumers and that means we are entitled to choose carefully the best products or services. .... The choices are often a lot less if you are poor, which is very unfortunate, but you still deserve to try and find the best care because your life is at risk.
2019 - Survivors have less power and rights as consumers than the average Walmart customer. We can’t return the therapy or drugs for a refund. We can’t sue for a slip-and-fall.
… Survivor history
3. News, Rights, Advocacy
“Ontario Healthcare system broken" - says Ontario Government
If you have a health concern, continue to contact your health care provider.
You could also contact your MPP to ask questions and make requests!
- Get fast, free medical advice via Telehealth 1-866-797-0000
- Find home care or long-term care 310-2222
- Access community mental health and addictions services 1-866-531-2600 (Connex) or 1-800-668-6868 (Kids Help Phone) + 211 for Toronto
PHI includes "other information included in a record containing PHI". This means that police, parole, CAS, school or other information can become PHI once it is added to your personal health record at an organization. Then it can be used for or against you when you look for social assistance, housing and more.
MORE About PHI and Lockbox
Does your service provider prioritize your privacy and limit information collection? Limiting data collection to the information that the organization needs to provide service reduces risks to you today and in the future
- Automating Inequality - Artificial intelligence will shape our social programs in the future like it has already in the USA. book by Virginia Eubanks
- Donald Trump may watch Facebook posts by people with disabilities. He is already doing it for immigration enforcement.
- University Health Network hospitals had a privacy breach
Often Opioid “treatment” = hospital
[F]ear will only encourage silence and silence equals the death of supportive and safe spaces, honest conversations, information sharing and compassion and understanding – all of the things needed to ensure effective interventions to pragmatically, non-judgmentally and holistically address meth use in our community.
Crystal meth “treatment” = police
St. Stephen’s launched the Crystal Meth Project as a pilot program in December of last year.
Bulletin: Tips to learn, teach, advocate and create a less hostile and more inclusive world for ourselves—great to share with friends, family, allies. Thanks Radical Abolitionist
By Kazimir DeWolfe, Emily Sheera Cutler, Matt Perry, Jess Stohlmann-Rainey, and Andy Collings
- 2) Shift your understanding of psychiatric disability away from medical models and towards the social model of disability.
- 6) "Remember that abuse is upheld and perpetuated by oppressive systems like patriarchy, racism, cisheterosexism, ableism, sanism, classism, adultism..."
- 28) Reject the moral imperative to be “healthy,” physically, mentally, or emotionally.
Patrick White, March 25, 2019, The Globe and Mail //tgam.ca/2HUPOqf
Ontario Superior Court Justice Paul Perell ruled Monday that the federal prison agency’s treatment of at least 2,000 mentally ill inmates violated Sections 7 and 12 of the Charter of Rights, which protect against arbitrary state actions and cruel and unusual punishment.
For Example Treatment: Indigenous Peoples and people of colour report being subjected to rude, disrespectful, harsh, or dismissive treatment by health care staff, due to racially discriminatory stereotypes. The Ontario Human Rights Commission found in 2017 that health workers often do not treat Indigenous Peoples’ symptoms seriously because of assumptions that they are drunk or high. Similarly, Black patients’ symptoms of sickle cell anemia are frequently dismissed as pain related to drug habits. Full list of Sheets
--> due April 30th if you owe money. Apply early to get you income tax return.
Taxable benefit you may be eligible for if you are unable to work because of a disability.
Federal Government or the Government of Canada
has a BIG central website to find benefits
Look for the new Presto App
- to load, get low balance warnings, view history and the Google Play and App Store
- And New TTC Presto App
TTC - Fair Pass Discount Program
Find the forms and the details at: https://www.toronto.ca/transitdiscount/
And more info at http://soundtimes.com/ttc-fair-pass-discount/
"MOVEMENT DISORDERS SUPPORT GROUP"
Movement Disorders from Anti-Psychotic Withdrawal My goal is to increase awareness of TD and self-advocacy among consumer/survivors when speaking with health care practitioners about their self care needs and concerns.by Ms. E.
C O M E T O A M E E T I N G !
Cost: Free - Meetings on: Mondays
April 8, 2019, April 15, 2019 ,May 27, 2019, June 24, 2019
Time: 12:30 PM to 2:30 PM
Location: *Toronto Reference Library, Room B1 (one floor down - there will be signs to guide you) 789 Yonge St · Toronto, ON
*venue is subject to change
Send me a quick email to sign up [at: firstname.lastname@example.org] or simply drop in - we're always happy to see new faces!
Want to work in the Mad service sector: Charity Village has lots of job listings - search "mental health", "substance use" https://charityvillage.com.
Fresh Start is currently accepting applications from Consumer/ Survivors for Cleaning Services. The deadline for application is March 31, 2019. Karen Schwartz - apply Charity Village or email@example.com
Thinking about Social work? Read this:
A Violent History of Benevolence: Interlocking Oppression in the Moral Economies of Social Working
By Chris Chapman and A.J. Withers © 2019 https://utorontopress.com/ca/a-violent-history-of-benevolence-2
General Tips on finding events:
Location: 116 Industry Street email firstname.lastname@example.org or 416.781.0479
- gain an understanding of difficult emotions and the affect they have on your wellbeing;
- identify your personal assets;
- learn coping strategies
Intake April 10, 17 Program Starts April 24th, Wednesday for 9 weeks, every Wednesday from 2:00 p.m -4:30 p.m.
We’re inviting you to join us for a free 3-course dinner under the Gardiner.
Bring your noisemakers and email us your music requests. While you’re at it, email Mayor Tory (email@example.com) and tell him we need adequate shelters and rent-geared-to-income housing. OCAP
April 30 Rally for Public Healthcare System
@ Queen's Park @ 12 pm.
Show the Ford government that the fight is on to preserve local public health care and stop privatization. This legislature has the potential to uproot Ontario's health care in a way that can permanently harm OUR public health care system. We need every single one of you to join us and standing up to the Ford government and telling them that we will not allow it to happen.
May 3rd TORONTO CSI NETWORK - Update Meeting
@10am to 3pm at Friends House 60 Lowther Ave. (St George Subway Station)
ODSP update and “Power of Change” next steps.
Food will be catered by the Raging Spoon, A light breakfast and hearty lunch and TTC tokens provided
Special Guest David Reville Please Register: Contact Corrine Humphreys 416-424 2266 ext. 234 or firstname.lastname@example.org
7. Get ready to act!
April 16th, 2019 12-2 National Day of Action on the Overdose Crisis.
We sadly invite you once again for the National Day of Action on the Overdose Crisis as we continue to “Grieve Thousands”
Location to be announced details at https://bit.ly/2uuKfGZ
Resources for Consumer / Survivors / People who use substances / Service and Substance Users / Fun Folks in TORONTO AREA
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