In the spring of 2018, the Ministry of Health, Seniors and Active Living released Improving Access and Coordination of Mental Health and Addictions Services: A Provincial Strategy for all Manitobans. Arising from those recommendations were 33 initiatives valued at more than $50.8 million to improve mental health and addictions services in Manitoba.
To highlight those initiatives and other projects taking place throughout the province, we are pleased to present the Innovations in Mental Health and Addictions Learning Series. These webinars will provide a platform to promote evidence-based alternatives, overall system collaboration and knowledge sharing.
The information below contains details on the sessions and how to register for the upcoming webinars. Following the completion of each webinar, the video will be posted to this page for those who wish to view the session again or were unable to attend at the scheduled time.
The Innovations in Mental Health and Addictions Learning Series will take a hiatus over the summer months with an expected return in September. Until then, we encourage you to view the videos of our previous presentations, which can be found below. We thank the many project members not only for taking the time to spread word about their project, but also for the importance difference they are making in the lives of Manitobans every day.
Please continue to check this page as information on upcoming presentations will be posted here once available.
ECHO is a well-established information sharing and community building model developed by the University of New Mexico that leverages a virtual platform to connect an expert “hub” panel with care providers across broad physical distances. It provides the opportunity for case-based learning and mentorship using a hub and spoke approach, with the ultimate goal of expanding the capacity of community providers to treat complex medical and mental health concerns in their communities. The pilot ECHO for Mental Health and Addiction in Manitoba has now run three ECHO series on the topics of Eating Disorders, Substance Use Disorders, and Emergency Mental Health and Addiction, providing learning opportunities to care providers throughout the province.
Presenters: Dr. Erin Knight, MD, CCFP(AM), CISAM, Interim Medical Director, AFM Dr. Krystal Thorington, Mental Health ECHO lead
A happy partnership between Manitoba Advocate for Children and Youth and the Canadian Mental Health Association, Manitoba and Winnipeg. Thrival Kits™ are shoebox sized kits that students fill with small, meaningful items as they complete classroom challenges and activities throughout the school year. Activities are focused on mental health promotion; these daily practices protect and promote mental well-being of youth ages 8-12.
Shelby Davidson, Thrival Kits Project Lead
PROJECT 11 is an engaging cross-curricular proactive mental health initiative that is available to classrooms from kindergarten to grade 8 in both English and French. It has been created using SLO’s from Manitoba’s Health Education curriculum and covers general Language Arts outcomes as well. The High School curriculum, with lessons for Grades 9, 10, 11 and 12, will be launched in the fall of 2022. This curriculum includes video-based lessons and daily activities which have been designed to help support students and teachers in bringing mental health awareness, along with positive coping skills, into the classroom and into their lives.
Due to a technical issue we were unable to play the videos mentioned in the presentation. The videos mentioned can be found here:
The videos can be found here:
• About Project 11
• Project 11 Summit
• Project 11 Summit Promo Video
• Middle Years Video
• Early Years Video
Blue Thunderbird Family Care is a Winnipeg based organization whose mission is to develop programs and services that empower the Indigenous community to reclaim and practice Indigenous care for children and families. Granny’s House, a program of Blue Thunderbird, is a community-based home in Winnipeg’s core area that provides culturally-relevant support to families by offering temporary out-of-home respite for families. Granny’s House provides a place of safety and love that has been a part of the Indigenous family system of care since the beginning of time. Presenters:
- Dana Arabe, Executive Director, Blue Thunderbird Family Care
- Wanda Sanderson, Program Manager, Blue Thunderbird Family Care
Please note this session has been postponed to a later date. Once a new date has been selected an update will be provided.
The Metis Child, Family and Community Services (MCFCS) and Michif Child and Family Services (MCFS) Community Addictions Response Team (CART) provides support and services to families who are experiencing parental substance use and/or mental health struggles which impact parenting. The goal of CART is to assist families on their healing journey by having a Peer Mentor visit their home regularly to provide relational support and to rapidly connect parents with services while supporting children to safely remain at home with their parent (s). Families who chose to receive services from the CART Program will have rapid access to an AFM counsellor for substance use support, a mental health clinician for ongoing counselling, a peer mentor for weekly in home relational support, a case manager to manage services and a cultural worker for cultural support. Presenters:
- Members of the CART Team
Enhanced School-based Mental Health and Addictions (MHA) Supports for youth is a new initiative that focuses on youth grades 6 to 12. Using a High-Fidelity Wraparound approach, the initiative adds psychiatric nurses and addiction support workers to existing school-based clinical teams. The initiative allows for enhanced access to supports before requiring a referral to other community services or a regional health authority program. These additional resources are intended to reduce community clinic wait times for children and youth, strengthen inter-agency co-ordination, and provide parents and families with a voice and choice in the treatment plans for their children.
Presenters: Members of the program team
Peer 2 Peer Connections is a peer support program that provides value-based, formalized peer support to individuals experiencing a mental health or addiction related crisis and their families and natural supports within Manitoba. Intended to augment clinical mental health care, individuals/family members/natural supports can access peer support in specific clinical settings with an option of up to four weeks post-discharge follow-up support and connection to community peer support thereafter. Formalized peer support is built on values of hope and recovery, empathetic and equal relationships, self-determination, dignity, respect and social inclusion, integrity, authenticity and trust, health and wellness, and lifelong learning and personal growth. Peer supporters focus on strengths, not weaknesses, and inspiring hope while working towards individual and/or family well-being and recovery. The presentation includes a look into program design, implementing peer support within a multidisciplinary setting, and developing a formalized and value-based peer support workforce. Presenters:
Julia Hoeppner Director of Operations and Adam Milne, Peer Support Manager, Peer Connections Manitoba
Tamarack Recovery Centre has been successfully operating an accredited residential addictions treatment and recovery program in the West Broadway Community for nearly 50 years. In 2021 we were able to fulfill a long-held dream by opening a transition home for our program graduates two doors away from our treatment centre. “The Branch” provides affordable, supportive recovery housing for up to 10 residents, ranging from a few months to two years post-treatment. Residents participate in education, work or volunteer opportunities along with weekly case management and supports to achieve their long-term recovery goals. In this presentation we will give a brief overview of Tamarack’s treatment model and talk in depth about the innovative program of supportive housing at The Branch.
Presenters: Lisa Cowan, Executive Director and Joanne Riedle, Clinical and Transition Supervisor
The NorWest Youth Hub is an integrated service centre for youth ages 12-29, offering free services in the areas of mental health, substance use, primary healthcare, employment, recreation, and more. Youth Hubs provide low-barrier, youth-friendly, integrated services for young people and their families in a “one-stop-shop” model. The NorWest Youth Hub operates in partnership with internal NorWest staff & teams, as well as with external agencies including the Addictions Foundation of Manitoba (AFM), Manitoba Adolescent Treatment Centre (MATC), Rainbow Resource Centre, and more.
The Mobile Withdrawal Management Service (MWMS) is a community-based outreach withdrawal and stabilization service established in 2019 and operated through Klinic Community Health across Winnipeg and the neighbouring community of East St Paul. The program engages people who request support while withdrawing from a substance of concern, as identified by the individual. MWMS is resolutely client-centered and entirely voluntary. The program brings services—both literally and figuratively—to where people are at. MWMS’s staff complement includes health and support workers, nurses, peer support workers, and prescribers. Additionally, there are built-in linkages to Indigenous cultural support, trauma counselling, and primary care. Harm reduction principles, barrier reduction, and non-judgmental engagement are foundational to the program. MWMS is available to clients for up to thirty days, with extensions available. Participants tailor their care journey throughout this time and determine what—if any—next steps are to be undertaken.
Presenters: Kelly Surbey, Program Coordinator; Health and Support Worker, Mobile Withdrawal Management Service, Klinic Community Health Chantelle Partyka, Registered Nurse, Mobile Withdrawal Management Service, Klinic Community Health Andrew Lodge, Physician Lead, Mobile Withdrawal Management Service; Medical Director, Klinic Community Health
Spence Neighbourhood Association and 1JustCity operate community drop-in centres in Winnipeg which provide 24/7 access for community members in need of shelter, food, and a place to belong. Our organizations are proud to offer barrier-free services for people of all ages experiencing poverty, homelessness or precarious housing, with mental health and/or substance use disorders, facing oppression, social isolation, and more. We work together to ensure that vulnerable Winnipeggers in the central parts of the city always have a place to belong. Our presentation will include information about the services offered at SNA and 1JustCity drop-in centres.
Presenters: • Josh Ward, Community Facilitator, 1JustCity • Lin Howes Bann, Spence Neighbourhood Association
The CEDVIP project provides a 24/7 response to Health Sciences Centre Emergency Departments to offer support to youth (ages 14-29) who have presented with an injury caused by violence. Youth are offered trauma-informed, flexible follow up support in community to assist with reduction of their risk and support stability to prevent repeat injury.
Presenters: • Tammy Rowan, Clinical Team Coordinator • Shannon Watson, Lead – Complex Community Service Integration
The Newcomer Trauma-Focused Service is a program designed to provide mental health support to ethno-cultural and racialized populations (refugees and immigrants) who have had experiences of moderate-to-severe trauma. Program participants are provided with opportunities for long-term therapy, psychological and psychiatric services, case management and connections to the formal mental health system. This collaborative model utilizes partnerships with the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority, Family Dynamics and various ethno-cultural and faith communities to provide holistic, trauma-informed and culturally appropriate supports to newcomer individuals, families and communities regardless of their immigration status or time in Manitoba. Our presentation will also include information on the other programs and services offered by Aurora Family Therapy Centre.
Presenter: • Heather C. Robertson, Director of Mental Health Services, Aurora Family Therapy Centre
In the summer of 2018, Rapid Access to Addiction Medicine (RAAM) clinics were established by the Province of Manitoba to improve access to addiction medicine. In review, the clinics have been resounding success, but challenges remain. The RAAM service delivery model is designed to provide patient-centred, short-term, low barrier access to evidence-based addiction medicine care through walk-in clinics. Once the patient is stabilized, they are linked with community resources for longer term care. The creation of six RAAM clinics is a unique collaboration between the Addictions Foundation of Manitoba, Shared Health and regional health authorities (Southern Health-Santé Sud, Prairie Mountain Health, Interlake-Eastern, Northern).The initiative has elevated the profile of addiction medicine within health care and other service sectors. The presentation includes an in-depth look into the RAAM model including its successes and struggles.
Presenters: • Dr. Ginette Poulin, RAAM Hub medical co-lead • Brent Anderson, RAAM Hub Provincial Coordinator