Pathways is working in collaboration with CAMH-Regional Office, Ottawa Community Housing and partners, to identify the role of mental health and addiction services for individuals living in high acuity buildings.
June 20th Event:
Over 60 participants, including housing staff, tenants, mental health and addictions workers, and other social and health services came together in late June 2016 to improve their collective understanding of the intersection between housing, community and mental health/addictions. They also discussed ideas for change to best support people and communities with Ottawa Community Housing priority buildings.
The afternoon session offered two presentations. The first presentation was from Brian Gilligan, Vice President, Community Development, Ottawa Community Housing. He outlined the need to explore the service connections with high priority buildings based on the needs and socio economic situation of many residents. The second presentation was made by Joy Connelly, a housing consultant. Her presentation outlined one collaborative effort in Toronto between the local LHIN and housing providers (291 George) as well as foundational components to successful collaboration.
The second part of the session allowed participants to work through case scenarios and identify opportunities for change and collaboration. The opportunities feel into 4 main themes around:
• Peer Support and Community Leadership
• Person Centred Approaches and Activities
• Collaborative Action
• New Programs / Activities
Overall the session was very well received by the participants and feedback indicates that new information, and connections as well as well as a strong commitment to see change occur.