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Here you will find a sampling of news and announcements from EPION.
The EPION PEAK Working Group is happy to announce the release of the Primary Care Communication Tool for EPI programs. Help improve your communication and collaboration with primary care by using this simple template for shared clients. (more…)
EPION is proud to be participating in the 11th International Conference on Early Intervention in Mental Health taking place in Boston, Massachusetts, USA, 7th–10th October 2018.
EPION’s representatives will be presenting one poster and one symposium session.
Monday October 8, 2018
@ 11:30am, Essex Ballroom:
Hobbs et al, Poster A77 (click to view abstract)
Hobbs H; Archie S; Bromley S; Cheng C; Lem C. (October 2018) “Advocacy and Education: knowledge translation activities in response to cannabis legalization.” The 11th International Conference on Early Intervention in Mental Health (IEPA 11). Boston, MA. Poster A77.
Tuesday October 9, 2018
@ 2:45 – 4:15 pm, American Ballroom – South:
Symposium Session 17, Talk 3 (click to view abstract)
Durbin J; Selick A; Langill G; Addington D; Cheng C. (October 2018) “Conducting Fidelity Assessments in Ontario Early Psychosis Intervention Programs: Evaluation of a Pilot Implementation Initiative.” The 11th International Conference on Early Intervention in Mental Health (IEPA 11). Boston, MA. Symposium Session 17, Talk 3.
Ontario Canada is home to about 50 Early Psychosis Intervention (EPI) programs, and a sector wide network of providers (EPION – Early Psychosis Intervention Ontario Network) who work collaboratively to improve quality of care. Ontario released EPI program standards in 2011 but adherence is unknown. In the fall of 2016, EPION partnered with Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) to pilot a novel fidelity review process using the First Episode Psychosis Fidelity Scale (FEPS-FS). Three-person assessor teams of volunteer EPI staff (2) and CAMH implementation specialists (1) conducted 2-day site visits to assess fidelity. Assessor teams were supported through training, tailored data collection tools and post-visit rating consensus meetings with an expert. Fidelity reports included quality improvement suggestions as well as fidelity ratings and related explanations. Nine programs were reviewed. Qualitative data were collected from assessors and sites to assess value, feasibility, and quality of this fidelity assessment process. Overall feedback was positive. Assessor team members brought complimentary skills to the process. Programs valued having front line assessors who understood the clinical experience, and assessors valued learning about and from peer programs. The process required a steep learning curve, but assessor confidence increased with their second review. Using a validated, standardized scale gave weight to the assessment although some adaptations may be needed for Ontario context. Some rating challenges were encountered, and the time commitment was greater than expected. In our presentation we will further discuss Ontario-specific challenges and explore feasibility of continuing this approach.
In honour of Mental Illness Awareness Week 2018 and the forthcoming legalization of cannabis in Canada, EPION (Early Psychosis Intervention Ontario Network) and the SSO (Schizophrenia Society of Ontario) have partnered on a social media campaign to highlight some of the research evidence linking cannabis and psychosis. The #weknowpsychosis campaign will run for the month of October 2018. (more…)
Where do we go from here?
As mentioned in last week’s Spotlight, the outcomes of last year’s fidelity assessments supported a second round. The SISC, Gord Langill, Avra Selick, Janet Durbin and Shannel Butt have been working diligently to coordinate all the pieces needed to get the second wave of fidelity assessments rolled out. This is no short list of tasks either. (more…)
EPION’s Standards Implementation Committee is happy to announce the Fidelity Pilot Report is now available. “Implementing a volunteer peer fidelity assessment in Ontario Early Psychosis Intervention programs: what did we learn?” describes the Fidelity Pilot project conducted by the Standards Implementation Steering Committee (SISC). (more…)
In moving along our journey through the fidelity assessment process, we are now going to take a look at how the results of the first round of fidelity assessments have been put into practice. What did programs actually end up doing?
We can see the impact of the fidelity assessment on multiple levels within the EPI community. The direct impact is on the programs being assessed, but as we take a closer look, the ripple effects reach the assessors themselves, the sector as a whole, and the people we provide services to. Let’s take a closer look at how this process impacts all these different stakeholders. (more…)
The Standards Implementation Steering Committee (“The SISC”) is excited to spotlight the hard work of all the people who have been and are currently involved in EPION’s Fidelity project. Over the next four weeks we are going to be taking you along for the ride while we answer the who-what-where-why-how, wrap up the initial pilot, submit our final report, and prepare for the next phase. (more…)
MEDIA RELEASE: Friday August 3, 2018
EPION launches MyCannabisIQ public education campaign about risks of Cannabis use
On the eve of Cannabis legalization in Canada, the Early Psychosis Intervention Ontario Network (EPION) is launching a new MyCannabisIQ campaign to educate clinical staff, families, and young people about the risks involved with cannabis use. (more…)
IEPA is holding their elections for Vice Presidents of Europe and North America. In the running for VP of North America is EPION’s very own Dr. Chi Cheng! This is a wonderful opportunity to bring EPION’s expertise to the international table. We encourage any IEPA members to cast your vote for IEPA’s leadership. Voting ends July 6 (tomorrow!) at midnight! (more…)