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Here you will find a sampling of news and announcements from EPION.

EPION Spotlight on…Transitions of Care: Report from EPION’s June 15 Consultation

On June 15, some 24 EPION members gathered from across the province.  We met at CAMH in Toronto in a ‘Transitions of Care’ Consultation specifically to address the issue of what comes after Early Intervention and how to support our clients in the transition from EPI programs. The group included a number of clinicians from several disciplines, an individual with lived experience and a family member, who also works as an EPI program Family Educator. (more…)

EPION Spotlight on… Transitions of Care: Assessing Readiness for Transition at Cleghorn

Most early psychosis intervention (EPI) programs are time limited with the goal to increase client independence and functioning so that they can eventually reintegrate into the community. However, while it is accepted that early intervention services lead to better outcomes; questions remain regarding the optimal duration of EPI programs. Recent studies have suggested that the benefits may plateau after 2 years, but this timeline may not apply for all clients. (more…)

EPION Spotlight on…Transitions of Care: Launching NAVIGATE at the CAMH Slaight Centre

The Slaight Centre Early Intervention Service (SCEIS) at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) recognized that current recovery outcomes are not good enough and we are called to do better.  As a result, giving patients experiencing early psychosis the best care possible and getting them into care quickly are two important goals of the SCEIS.  To meet these goals, SCEIS launched a new kind of evidence-based care model called NAVIGATE in November 2017.  (more…)

EPION Spotlight on…Metabolic Monitoring: App coming soon!

The EPION Metabolic working group is in the early stages of adapting their paper-based Cardiometabolic Risk Management tool to an interactive, user-friendly app. The Cardiometabolic Risk Management tool provides a structured way to screen and begin metabolic interventions for individuals with mental illness, according to Canadian guidelines. This electronic adaptation was inspired by feedback from the May 2014 EPION Think Tank on Metabolic Disturbances. (more…)

EPION and CCEIP Cannabis Resource Now Available

The Canadian Consortium for Early Intervention in Psychosis (CCEIP) has developed a cannabis resource in a convenient tear-off pad format. The CCEIP has partnered with Schizophrenia Society of Ontario (SSO) and EPION to include our logos and share the resource with our members. The CCEIP has offered to print and mail this pad to all EPI programs across the province that are identified on EPION’s website (www.help4psychosis.ca), and has provided us with a pdf version so that additional copies can be printed freely. (more…)

EPION Spotlight on…Metabolic Monitoring: Free Metabolic Management Tools from EPION

EPION has created a number of tools for professionals to use when it comes to metabolic monitoring for individuals on antipsychotic medications. Metabolic monitoring requires regular reviewing of lifestyle and family history as well as tracking of weight, waist circumference, glucose and lipids. It can be challenging to manage this and track this data in a meaningful way. These resources are designed to help healthcare professionals to engage clients in discussions around healthy lifestyle choices and to empower them to set goals and share these with their healthcare team. (more…)

EPION Spotlight on…Metabolic Monitoring: Right from the Start Resource

The EPION Metabolic working group has adapted a guide developed by service users and practitioners from Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust in England. This guide was developed to empower service users to improve the quality of the care they receive. This guide highlights the importance of asking health professionals about your overall health, not just psychosis. Hard copies will be available at the May 11 EPION network meeting.   (more…)

EPION Spotlight on…Recreation: The Right Mix with Lynx CoKL

At their City of Kawartha Lakes site, Lynx EPI staff are busy providing clients with a wide variety of recreational group activities that emphasize socialization and community integration. The positive outcomes of these activities are amplified by their careful consideration of group dynamics and their ability to cleverly disguise CBT and psychoeducation within fun and engaging social outings. (more…)

EPION Spotlight on…Recreation: Embracing Community with CMHA-WECB

The Early Intervention Program at CMHA Windsor-Essex County Branch maximizes their community resources in order to offer engaging recreation activities that foster a sense of belonging. While working on their physical fitness, emotional wellbeing, social skills, and vocational goals, EPI clients at CMHA-WECB have had the opportunity to join in on a range of activities including “Mood Walks”, “Hoofin’ It” (a therapeutic walking program with horses), and weekly social drop-in groups. (more…)