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2017 Annual Addictions & Mental Health Conference

2017 Annual Addictions & Mental Health Conference

When: May 28, 2017
Time: 09:00 AM
Where: Sheraton Toronto Airport

2017 Annual Addictions & Mental Health Conference
Stronger Connections – Communities Working Together

May 28, 29 & 30, 2017
Sheraton Toronto Airport, 601 Dixon Road, Toronto

Call for Presentations
Friday, January 20, 2017

Addictions and Mental Health Ontario is pleased to announce its 2017 Conference to be held at the Sheraton Toronto Airport, Toronto, Ontario on May 28, 29 & 30, 2017. Attended by over 300 delegates, our conference continues to grow and deliver important and dynamic information, as well as offer an excellent networking opportunity to all participants.

This year’s conference theme “Stronger Connections – Communities Working Together” will be focused on the changes and resources required to create a comprehensive and accessible addictions and mental health system where people are healthy, safe and cared for. The conference aims to underscore projects and initiatives that advance the sector’s ability to partner effectively at the local level with other individuals and organizations, including primary care, specialized additions & mental health providers, other health care providers, consumers, families and communities.

We welcome and encourage all AMHO members as well as speakers in the academic community, public health,  consultants and others providing services in the addictions and mental health sector to share innovative and practical ideas and programs, research or other relevant content.

Your workshop should convey evidence informed practices, experience or “perspectives” on providing high quality, effective, integrated, culturally competent, person-directed services and supports for individuals with mental illnesses and addictions and their families. The emphasis at the conference will be on local solutions, so in particular we are looking for presentations on collaborative and interdisciplinary initiatives.

This event will be of interest to mental health and addictions professionals, volunteers, public educators, policy makers, public health officials, community organizations and consumer groups. Presentations will focus on innovative policies and initiatives, demonstration projects and research results. Participants will explore new perspectives on mental health and addiction, share strategies for surviving and thriving in a changing environment and learn how to translate knowledge into practice.

This year the conference will incorporate six (6) different streams as outlined below:
Governance and Leadership
Governance perspectives, leadership development, provincial and local quality initiatives, legislative and legal obligations, funding and reporting and accountability.
Treatment and Services
Innovations, evidence-informed practices and other advancements that improve care and services to clients and families across the continuum of addictions and mental health. 
Integration and Collaboration
Innovative collaborations, Integration models, initiatives or projects that coordinate agencies, programs, services or care delivery preferably across sectors.
Research and Knowledge Mobilization
The meaningful use of evidence and expertise to align research, policy and practice in order to improve outcomes for consumers and families.
Health Promotion and Prevention
Projects and programs that seek to reduce problematic substance use, promote mental health, address stigma, and provide effective prevention, harm reduction and treatment strategies.
Peer Support and Family Support
Project and programs that build on the achievements of the peer support movement and build capacity to sustain peer support work and support for families.