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The following Collaboratives and Communities of Practice (?) are currently active or in development:

Antipsychotic Collaborative   Behavioural Support Transition Units   Health Links & Primary Care 

 Behavioural Supports Integrated teams   Substance Use   Tertiary Care / In-Patient Specialty Services   

BSO Knowledge to Practice CoP

Ontario Best Practice Exchange Collaboratives

Antipsychotic Collaborative

  • Surface the current landscape and activities in the area of antipsychotic prescribing practices in British Columbia and Alberta in order to shift Ontario‟s practices to focus more on person and family-centred best practices with the help of recent documents and established guidelines about antipsychotic use (e.g. Health Quality Ontario's Looking for Balance Report).
  • With the primary focus being the use of antipsychotics in long-term care, we want to learn how to support persons diagnosed and their families in their understanding of what are appropriate uses for these medications and what would be the best way to begin discussions regarding their use.
Resources | Contact Knowledge Broker

Behavioural Support Transition Units

  • Learn about existing successes, challenges and person-centred approaches.
  • Gather input on significance of these practices (what themes emerge, what do they tell us about what matters?).
  • Develop critical elements for Behavioural Support and Transition Units (BTSU).
  • Share critical elements.
Resources | Contact Knowledge Broker

Health Links & Primary Care

  • Move toward a shared understanding of what Coordinated Care is and why it is a beneficial person-centred practice.
  • Develop strategies surrounding the coordination of care for individuals who are seeing multiple providers and how to simplify a person‟s experience with the overall goal of better care.
  • Identify best practices in coordinated care planning that are person and family-centred.
  • Explore ways to begin to use/enhance use of Coordinated Care Plans in Primary Care and Health Links for older adults with complex care needs due to mental health, substance use, dementia or other neurological conditions.
  • Surface other processes and tools for Coordinated Care Planning, while emphasizing that the intention of the work done at the in-person event will be exploratory – sharing and scanning for existing practices and resources with the goal being to move toward identifying critical elements over time.
Resources | Contact Knowledge Broker

Behavioural Supports Integrated teams

(formally Mobile & Inter-Agency Teams)

  • Explain the critical framework that has been developed and why Behavioural Supports Ontario is evolving towards an amalgamated team model (internal and external teams) to support individuals and teams that work specifically with those who present with responsive behaviours so that people can be supported where they are, receive access to organizations/services throughout the community and facilitate transitions when required.
  • Identify the critical elements for experiencing successful transitions using the combined team approach across sectors and across providers; from the perspective of persons with lived experience and from the perspective of providers within the health care team.
Resources | Contact Knowledge Broker

Substance Use / Geriatric Addictions

  • Build on the work of the existing community of practice for Geriatric Addictions to province-wide capacity.
  • Increase the understanding of Geriatric Addictions/Substance Use among health care professionals (including front-line) and community care partners.
  • Identify best practice treatment and supports for older adults living with substance use disorders.
  • Build on successful regional strategies, models and products (e.g. pocket guides) for older adults living with a substance use disorders and their families using the framework pillars of BSO.
  • Discuss how we can build on and strengthen these ideas through the Community of Practice on Geriatric Addictions to ensure a person and family-centred approach.
Resources | Contact Knowledge Broker
Geriatric Addiction Rounds    Archived OTN Geriatric Addiction Rounds

Tertiary Care / In-Patient Speciality Services

  • Continuing the work that has been initiated by this established (2014) tri-organization Collaborative and its 3 associated universities, we are looking to move this work forward reinforcing patient and family first, with a focus on high needs groups with complex behavioural health issues who need the services and supports offered by specialized geriatric mental health care.
  • An overview of previous work including survey responses of individuals/families who have had experience in a tertiary geriatric psychiatry behavioural unit will be provided.
  • We will discuss point of care (the care that is delivered at the bedside) with an emphasis on patient safety as it pertains to a person and family-centred approach.
  • We will share perspectives and gather input related to describing and measuring the unique needs, experiences and resources associated with this complex population and its carers.

Resources | Contact Knowledge Broker

BSO Knowledge to Practice CoP

The Behavioural Supports Ontario (BSO) Knowledge to Practice CoP brings together professionals across Ontario who have a shared passion for capacity building and fostering knowledgeable healthcare teams.  Under the umbrella of BSO, this CoP will be specifically focused on enhancing care for older adults with complex and responsive behaviours associated with dementia, mental health, substance use and/or other neurological conditions.

Resources | Contact Behavioural Supports Ontario Provincial Coordinating Office

Communities of Practice (CoPs)

Design and Dementia

Approaching holistic design concerns through interdisciplinary/intersectoral discourse and tool development to enhance social and physical environments.

Resources  |  Contact CoP Members

Mental Health, Addictions and Behavioural Issues

A collaboration between AKE, Seniors Health Knowledge Network ( formally SHRTN) and Eenet (through CAMH) to bring together people, ideas, and resources to increase awareness of the needs of seniors affected by serious mental illness, addiction, dementia or behavioural issues

Resources | Contact Knowledge Broker

Primary Care

The Primary Care Collaborative brings together individuals across Ontario who are working to further integrate behavioural supports within the Primary Care sector. Primary Care is a key partner in supporting people living with complex health care needs who are experiencing or at risk of developing responsive behaviours. The collaborative will look at ways to support innovative approaches to assessing and managing the needs of patients with responsive behaviours within primary care.

Resources  Contact Knowledge Broker

If you are interested in any of these topic-specific Collaboratives or CoPs, please contact the Knowledge Broker.

  • A Community of Practice (CoP) is a community or group of people who have made a commitment to be available to each other, offer support to share learning, and to consciously develop new knowledge (Wheatley, 2007). A CoP makes the intentional commitment to advance the field of practice and to share those discoveries with anyone engaged in similar work (Wheatley, 2007)