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Sharing Experiences: Using OCAN in Community Mental Health

The Evidence Exchange Network (EENet)

Thursday, May 28, 2015 from 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM (EDT)

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Sharing Experiences: Using OCAN in Community Mental Health
May 28, 2015, 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm

What is OCAN?
The Ontario Common Assessment of Need (OCAN) is the provincial standardized assessment tool for the community mental health sector. OCAN supports a consumer-driven approach and focuses conversations on needs, strengths, and the development of a recovery plan.

Learning objectives:

  • Learn about OCAN and how it can be used to inform service delivery and planning decisions;
  • Connect with other OCAN stakeholders as we launch a community of practice;
  • Share your suggestions for future OCAN webinar topics.

Who should attend?
Stakeholders of community mental health services using OCAN or interested in learning more about OCAN.

The presenters

Ru Tauro
Executive Director, Oak Centre Clubhouse
Co-Chair, Interim Provincial Steering Committee for OCAN
Welland, ON
Ru has been working in the field of community mental health for almost 30 years. She received her Masters in Applied Social Psychology from the University of Guelph. She is the Executive Director of Oak Centre in Welland, Ontario and the Lake House in Port Colborne, Ontario. At Oak Centre and the Lake House, she manages clubhouse programs based on psychosocial rehabilitation principles that provide consumer/survivors with comprehensive supports in the community as well as opportunities to re-establish work skills in preparation to return to gainful employment or school. She has taught courses at both Niagara College and the Psychology Department at Brock University.

Gord Singer
Peer Support Specialist, FOCUS St. Michael’s/Cota Community Mental Health
Toronto, ON
Gord is co-chair of the Community Advisory Panel for Mental Health and Addictions at St. Michael’s. From 1996-98, Gord worked at the Clarke Institute of Psychiatry to implement a Patient Council. He is a board member of COTA as well as Chair of the Board of Alternatives and Chair of the CAMH Downtown East Clinic Advisory Board. Gord is a past recipient of the ‘Transforming Lives’ award and is a member of Mensa. Gord has published 2 articles, ‘Managing My Life as a Peer Support Worker’ and ‘Real Life PSR.’ Gord was diagnosed with schizophrenia at the age of 17.

Kim Lewis
Clinical Coordinator, Flexible Supports Program
Canadian Mental Health Association, York Region and South Simcoe
Aurora, ON
Kim has been working with CMHA York Region & South Simcoe for the past 16 years in mental Health court support, case management and as an intake specialist. Kim has also been the OCAN Coordinator for CMHA for the past 5 years providing OCAN training and ongoing support to staff. Over the past year, Kim has led a review of service delivery that resulted in an increased focus on recovery in practice by using the OCAN to develop a framework for service provision. Recently Kim took on a new position as a Clinical Coordinator for the new Flexible Support Program.

Anna Durbin
Research Associate, Canadian Mental Health Association
Toronto, ON
Anna earned her doctoral degree from the health service research stream at the Institute of Health Policy Management and Evaluation (iHPME) at University of Toronto in 2015. She earned her Masters of Public Health (MPH), Community Health & Epidemiology at Dalla Lana School of Public Health at University of Toronto in 2010 and graduated in with Bachelor of Arts with Specialized Honours in Psychology, from the Faculty of Health at York University June 2007. In her current position as a Research Associate at Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) Toronto, Anna is contributing to development of community mental health sector performance indicators, and working on research studies using needs assessment data. Her ultimate aim is to continue advancing health equity, with an ultimate hope of achieving quality for all.

Have questions about Sharing Experiences: Using OCAN in Community Mental Health? Contact The Evidence Exchange Network (EENet)



The Evidence Exchange Network (EENet)

The Evidence Exchange Network (EENet) connects mental health and addictions stakeholders across Ontario. The network promotes the use of evidence in decision making, develops targeted knowledge translation products and tools, and supports interactive exchanges. For more information visit
The International Initiative for Mental Health Leadership (IIMHL) is a unique international collaborative that focuses on improving mental health and addictions services. IIMHL is a collaboration of eight countries: Australia, England, Canada, New Zealand, Republic of Ireland, Scotland, USA, and Sweden.

IIMHL organises systems for international innovation sharing, networking and problem-solving across countries and agencies. The overall aim is to provide better outcomes for people who use mental health and addiction services and their families.
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