Building Better Health Delivery

    TORONTO, Nov. 2 /CNW/ - The Ontario Federation of Community Mental Health
and Addiction programs is pleased to announce the support of the Government of
Ontario and the Ministry of Health in helping to better understand and develop
the important role Consumer Survivor Initiatives play in the success of the
mental health system.
    David Reville & Associates identified in their report titled, On Becoming
New Best Friends: Integrating Front and Back Offices in Community Mental
Health and Addictions, that Consumer Survivor Initiatives are a best practice
in the province. Yet they face many challenges in fulfilling their role within
mental health.
    The Ministry of Health has supported this recommendation by asking the
Ontario Federation of Community Mental Health and Addiction Programs to
support a process in the province that will help resolve this issue.
    To meet the Ministry's goal of supporting this important part of the
mental health system the Federation is pleased to announce the launch of
Consumer Survivor Initiative Builder. CSI Builder will involve interested
consumers of mental health services to develop, lead, and guide
recommendations to the government on how to best support and enhance the role
of CSIs.
    Presently the Federation invites interested consumers of mental health
services to register their interest in participating at or to call 416 490 8900 to become involved in the
process of supporting building consumer survivor initiatives in the province
of Ontario.

For further information:

For further information: David Kelly,, (416)
490-8900 Ext. 22

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