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MOMH-TO Lead Agency March Newsletter


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Image of Claire Fainer Executive Director sitting at a table March 2016  Update – Claire Fainer, Executive Director, East Metro Youth Services

March is always an action-packed month for our sector and this month was no exception. As many of my colleagues in Moving on Mental Health – Toronto (MOMH-TO) heard me say on March 3rd, I am aware how intently everyone has attended to our work over the past 12 months, and how invested you are in the process and the outcomes of what we have achieved together.

I speak on behalf of our entire agency , as well as our Lead Agency team, when I say that we’ve enjoyed a tremendous opportunity to bring together our 41 and a half years of experience as a service provider, with our new learning as the Backbone Organization in the first year as MOMH -TO Lead Agency.

My thanks to you all.

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March 3, 2016 MOMH-TO Recap

The March 3, 2016 meeting of the Core Services Leadership at the Centre of Social Innovation at 720 Bathurst marked the close of the Moving on Mental Health – Toronto (MOMH-TO) team’s Year 1. The event was a culmination of months of discussions, the gathering of data, auditing of best practices and sharing of ideas.

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News & Events

  CMHO_CMHW_SM_960x550_DRAFT_AChildren’s Mental Health Week – Calling All MOMH-TO Partners!

Given all of the MOMH-TO strong collaboration during our Year 1, we would like to extend that into our Children’s Mental Health Week planning. If you and your team are in the midst of planning your Children’s Mental Health Week activities and promotional efforts and wondering how to make the biggest splash, we’d love to help.

As the saying goes, many hands make light work. There’s an opportunity to speak with one big, concerted voice to raise the profile of the amazing work the MOMH-TO teams do to support Toronto families. This could involve pooling some of our resources – messages, collateral, marketing efforts and getting the word out – together. We will hold a Toronto Lead Agency teleconference April 12, 2016 at 2 p.m. We will send an e-vite to all Core Services Providers to invite you to participate or to forward to your communications team /staff involved in planning Children’s Mental Health Week activities.

Centre francophone de Toronto lends a hand to Belgian community in Toronto

Centre francophone de Toronto (CFT ) establishes  a support resource for Belgian nationals in Toronto in response to the terror attacks in Brussels.

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An advertisement for The Summit of Children and Youth Mental Health April 7-8, 2016The Summit on Children and Youth Mental Health 2016 – April 7-8  – Allstream Centre CNE Grounds

Hosted by the Ontario Coalition for Children and Youth Mental Health – a multi-sector group committed to urgent and positive change for children and youth mental health services in Ontario. The Summit on Children and Youth Mental Health is a unique event that unites the voices of educators, professional student services personnel, mental health and health professionals, children service agencies, children service advocates, families and students. More than 800 participants are expected.

EMYS has secured a booth and wants to use it as an opportunity to promote the work of our Moving on Mental Health – Toronto (MOMH-TO) Core Services partners. If your Core Services agency is interested, please send 100 copies of your program materials no later than April 4, 2016 with a label as follows: Attention: East Metro Youth Services, Summit on Children and Youth Mental Health,  Allstream Centre – CNE Grounds, 105 Princes’ Boulevard, Toronto, Ontario M6K 3C3 Note: This is an optional and strictly voluntary promotional opportunity.

EMYS Hires Director, Performance Management

Following an extensive search, EMYS is pleased to welcome Alex Alexander in the role of Director of Performance Management, Data Management and Alignment.   Alex has a PhD in Bioinformatics and Radiobiology, and has a Doctor of Medicine degree.  Over the past 10 years, Alex has worked with a number of healthcare organizations with a focus on clinical program performance management, clinical business intelligence, corporate analytics development and interpretation/formulation of data.

In his most recent role at Community Care Access Centre (CCAC) Toronto, Alex worked with a team to provide innovative analytical support and reporting solutions for the CEO, LHIN, Board and partners.  He is a leader in the development of complex and comprehensive frameworks that measure indicators for various clinical programs and projects.

Alex will begin his work on Monday, April 4, 2016 and he will report to Claire Fainer, Executive Director.

What'sUpWalkIn_rev1‘what’s up’ Walk In® Expansion Update

The ‘what’s up’ Walk In® network of mental health walk-in clinics continues to grow.  The city-wide consortium is very pleased to welcome Youthlink to the growing team. Youthlink has expressed a desire to join as a 6th member.

‘what’s up’ Walk In® Clinics are currently available in the GTA via East Metro Youth Services and partner agencies Yorktown Child and Family Centre, Oolagen Youth Mental Health and Etobicoke Children’s Centre. Griffin Centre  has established a new walk-in site in North York which has launched this month.

This expansion is funded by the Ministry of Children and Youth Services which recently announced an additional $6 million in local mental health services across Ontario to help an estimated additional 4,000 children and youth, and their families each year.

March is Social Work Month.

In March of each year, social workers throughout the country celebrate National Social Work Month (NSWM) in recognition of the contributions of social workers to society. The theme adopted by the Canadian Association of Social Workers (CASW) Board for the 2016 National Social Work Month celebrations is Social Work: Profession of Choice.

CASW Members have a chance to share their inspiration for a chance to win an iPad.

Training Corner

Becoming an Attachment Focused Therapist for Adults

Monday, April 11, 2016 – 09:00 to Tuesday, April 12, 2016 – 16:00


The Hincks-Dellcrest Centre Gail Appel Institute, Toronto


Annette Kussin MSW, RSW


The Hincks-Dellcrest Centre Gail Appel Institute


Direct service providers

Dialectical Behaviour Therapy

A Workshop for Direct Service Workers

Tuesday, April 19, 2016 – 09:00


The Hincks-Dellcrest Centre Gail Appel Institute



Lyndsey Davies MSW, RSW


Direct service providers

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Lighter Side


Thought of the day

And suddenly, like light in darkness, the real truth broke in upon me; the simple fact of man, which I had forgotten, which had lain deep buried and out of sight; the idea of community, of unity.

~ Ernst Toller