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. We came from urban, & rural programs, were solo practitioners and from large teams, from North, East, South and West of the province.
Arising from the Strategic Plan
During EPION’s strategic planning process which took place last Fall and Winter, concern was raised about this issue. It was observed that challenges in the ability to arrange appropriate and helpful discharge plans can affect the whole flow of clients through programs and the ability of programs to accommodate new clients and their families.
Now part of the Work Plan
This concern has come across as so important that addressing this issue has become part of EPION’s work-plan for this current fiscal year (April 1, 2018 – March 30, 2019)
The Process to date
The June 15 Consultation
The goal of this consultation day was to look at the four domains and start the process of developing together some ‘Principles of Care’ which would lead to articulating broad aspirations for EPI Programs in these areas.
We worked on our task both in small groups and within the large group. Everyone came well-prepared having completed a bunch of readings, which included several recent papers which are part of an emerging body of research on the subject. Particularly valuable was an ‘Issue Brief’ written by Dr Nev Jones (you may remember Nev was one of our plenary speakers at the 2017 EPION Conference). For your interest, you can find her paper here.
In addition, several participants provided us with information about their own program’s Care-Paths and discharge planning processes, and everyone pooled their own knowledge, expertise and experience.
Our thanks to Milinda Alexander, Chair of EPION’s Event Planning Working Group & Brian Cooper, Chair of EPION’s PEAK Working Group who served as co-facilitators for the consultation day. Also thanks to Avra Selick, EPION’s Research Coordinator, who filled a very helpful supportive role by spending the day listening to and recording our discussions. Avra is currently working on making sense of all our deliberations by producing a written account of the day.
So, what happens next?
Your ideas are welcome
If you would like to contribute to the discussion please contact EPION at email@example.com. Send in your program’s Care-Pathways or other templates of care, if you have them.
Heather & Sarah
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