Fam­ily In­clu­sion pro­gram

The Glengarry News - - The Opinion Page -

Corn­wall Com­mu­nity Hospi­tal (CCH) has re­ceived a $20,000 grant from the Bell Let’s Talk Com­mu­nity Fund to kick­start an in­no­va­tive Fam­ily In­clu­sion pro­gram.

In­creas­ingly, pro­gres­sive men­tal health and ad­dic­tions pro­fes­sion­als are re­al­iz­ing the im­por­tance of a sup­port­ive fam­ily in achiev­ing pos­i­tive out­comes. Nat­u­rally, the rights of the per­son re­ceiv­ing ser­vices must be re­spected when de­ter­min­ing the level of fam­ily in­volve­ment.

How­ever, trail-blaz­ing pro­grams like the one re­cently devel­oped by St. Joseph’s Health Care in Lon­don and Hamil­ton are find­ing ways to es­tab­lish lines of com­mu­ni­ca­tion be­tween clin­i­cians and fam­ily mem­bers, while still re­spect­ing the On­tario Per­sonal Health In­for­ma­tion and Pri­vacy Act.

“Mean­ing­ful com­mu­ni­ca­tion can be a real prob­lem,” said Dun­ve­gan res­i­dent James Joyce, Chair of the CCH’s Men­tal Health Fam­ily Ad­vi­sory Coun­cil (MHFAC). “Be­cause of the PHIPA ( Per­sonal Health In­for­ma­tion and Pri­vacy Act) tightrope, psy­chi­atric staff who treat our loved ones are un­der­stand­ably re­luc­tant to speak with us. That’s why we were so ex­cited to learn about the ground­break­ing ad­vances be­ing made at St. Joseph’s Health­care.”

“We be­lieve that de­vel­op­ing a more in­clu­sive model of care will help our clin­i­cians who are work­ing with pa­tients with ad­dic­tion and men­tal health is­sues to bet­ter rec­og­nize the con­tri­bu­tion that fam­ily can make in the re­cov­ery process,” said Chris­tine Pen­ney, Vice- Pres­i­dent of Com­mu­nity Pro­grams at CCH.

“The Bell Let's Talk Com­mu­nity Fund grant will help CCH im­prove the men­tal health and well­be­ing of peo­ple liv­ing with men­tal health is­sues.”

Let’s Talk Day

Bell will do­nate five cents to­ward men­tal health ini­tia­tives in Canada for ev­ery text and call, as well as se­lected so­cial me­dia ac­tiv­i­ties dur­ing the sev­enth an­nual Bell Let's Talk Day, to­day (Jan. 25.)

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