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Posters

Poster Presentations

Presenters:
Scott Skinner; Amber Huffman; Susie Khorsand, Community Network Specialized Care (CNSC) Developmental Services Ontario (DSO)
Description:
The Community Network of Specialized Care is a provincial support for individuals with a Developmental Disability, complex needs and Justice involvement.  Our poster will help identify the level of functioning individuals have in the developmental sector along with identifying the provincial resource, Dual Diagnosis Justice Coordinator/Case Manager, that supports individuals and their other community support navigate both the justice and developmental sector with a supportive lens.
Bios:
Scott Skinner is the Dual Diagnosis Justice Coordinator from the Community Network of Specialized Care – Toronto Region. A 15-year veteran of the Developmental Service field in Toronto,  Scott began his career in Developmental Services supporting youth with a dual diagnosis then moved to support adults with similar presentations for the past 11 years in various capacities. 

Previously to working in Toronto Scott worked at an open custody youth Mental Health and Justice treatment facility.   Scott has a strong understanding of the Criminal Justice System and institutional settings within Ontario from his exposure with Correctional Services Ontario. Scott is developing a strong community bond with local justice authorities including Police, Probation, Court Supports, Hospitals, and Correctional Services within Toronto and Ontario.  He is taking his passion for the justice field and incorporating it to supports adults with a Developmental Disability and/or Dual Diagnosis.

Amber Huffman is the Dual Diagnosis Justice Coordinator for Central West (Waterloo, Wellington and Dufferin). 
Amber has dedicated her career to supporting individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities as well as dial diagnoses.  Over the last twenty plus years, she has worked in a variety of settings including: providing one-to-one respite supports, Group Homes, Day Programs, Respite programs, Passport Facilitation and Service Coordination.

She was excited to take on the role of DDJC in 2018 as it has allowed her to expand on her knowledge and passion for supporting those with Dual Diagnosis’. As a lifelong resident of the Region of Waterloo, Amber has made many connections within the developmental services community – along with the legal community – and continues to work toward breaking down silos in order to attain a just community where everyone belongs. 
Susie Khorsand is the Dual Diagnosis Justice Coordinator from the Community Network of Specialized Care – Central West Region. With a background in mental health &  justice, Susie is a passionate advocate for vulnerable individuals in conflict with the criminal justice system. She started her career supporting people with developmental disabilities and challenging behaviours. She started working with complex youth before transitioning to working with adults. Before coming into her role at CNSC, she worked for the Canadian Mental Health Association – Justice Program, providing court support to those on mental health diversion.

Susie is grateful for the opportunities she has had to work in the developmental and mental health sectors. She has a strong understanding of different systems across both sectors, using this knowledge in her current role supporting individuals with a dual diagnosis. She is committed to increasing awareness of developmental disabilities and dual diagnosis within the criminal justice system; liaising with community partners, police, courts, and institutions – ensuring those with dual diagnosis feel supported, understood, and heard.
Presenter: 
Cayley Russell, Institute for Mental Health Policy Research (IMHPR), Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH)
Description:
This presentation will highlight key barriers and facilitators to continuous opioid agonist treatment among a vulnerable population of federal correctional inmates with opioid use disorders. Results can be used to improve correctional discharge planning and treatment and health outcomes for this population, particularly during the high-risk community transition period and in the context of the ongoing opioid crisis.
Bio:
Cayley Russell is a Research Coordinator/Project Lead at the Institute for Mental Health Policy Research (IMHPR), and with the Ontario Node of the Canadian Research Initiative in Substance Misuse (CRISM), both based at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH). She has a combined master’s degree in Criminology and Addictions Studies from the University of Toronto. She is a qualitative researcher whose interests largely focus on the intersection of addictions among vulnerable populations such as people with lived experience and correctional populations. She has published numerous articles, primarily examining opioid and cannabis-related health harms.
Presenters:
Maude Champagne, Kids Brain Health Network
Manon Kelso,  Ability Benevolence Liberty Empowered (ABLE2)
Description:
Based on research to assess the needs of families raising children/youth with FASD an increase in dangerous behaviours displayed by the children/youth was identified. This presentation will describe a pilot project being implemented to address dangerous behaviours of children/youth with FASD.
Bio:
Maude Champagne is a Neurosciences Phd Student at Queen’s University and a research trainee at Kids Brain Health Network. She is also a registered Social Worker, psychotherapist and speaker. She has her private practice at Ottawa Center for Attachment and Trauma Therapy (OCATT). Her research interests are around neurodevelopmental disorders, program evaluation and developmental trauma.

Manon Kelso has worked in a variety of multi-disciplinary teams in community, educational and residential organization over the last 15 years in the social services sector. These positions have involved supporting children, youth and adults with neurodevelopmental disabilities, mental health illnesses, dual-diagnosis and learning exceptionalities as well as their families.
Presenters:
Catherine Wiseman-Hakes, McMaster University
Lyn Turkstra, McMaster University
Sukhman Baath, Sick Kids Hospital
Description:
This poster presentation will provide an overview of the prevalence and impact of traumatic brain injury (TBI) among youth in the justice system, as well as a description of the communication challenges typically associated with TBI. These communication challenges, which include difficulties with social communication, are a risk factor for justice involvement and recidivism. They can negatively impact the youth’s ability to fully comprehend, respond appropriately and engage across the trajectory of the justice system, and, to participate fully in extrajudicial measures. Justice personnel and justice front-line staff can benefit from training to understand the communication challenges associated with TBI, their functional presentation, and how they can and should utilize strategies to support successful communication interactions across the justice trajectory. This will help to ensure that youth have full access to justice and may help to mitigate the ‘school to justice’ pipeline. The presentation will also link to an informational advocacy video created specifically for this purpose
Bio:
Catherine Wiseman-Hakes is a speech language pathologist and a clinician researcher focussing on traumatic brain injury among under-served and vulnerable populations. She is an assistant clinical professor (adjunct) in the School of Rehabilitation Science at McMaster University and a member of the downtown Toronto HSJCC.
Lyn Turkstra is a speech language pathologist whose research focus is youth with traumatic brain injury and social communication disorders. She is a professor and assistant dean of the speech language pathology program at McMaster University in the School of Rehabilitation Science.
Sukhman Baath is a recent graduate of the Neuroscience program at McMaster University. Throughout her undergraduate degree, she has done research on cognition and traumatic brain injury. She is currently working as a Clinical Research Assistant in the Neurosciences and Mental Health Program at SickKids Hospital.
Kelsey Paulseth is a fourth-year Psychology student at Wilfrid Laurier University with intent to pursue future studies in Traumatic Brain Injuries in youth. She is currently working with the Brain Injury Association of Toronto as a support group student volunteer.

Zoe Sinkins is a recent graduate of the Neuroscience program at McMaster University. She has worked as a research assistant studying TBI for two years and is passionate about justice reform. She hopes this project will help improve outcomes for justice-involved youth in North America.
Presenter:
Catherine Wiseman-Hakes, McMaster University
Description:
The Compassionate Justice Fund is an innovative community response serving a population with complex needs (traumatic brain injury)
Bio:
Catherine Wiseman-Hakes is the founder and director of the Compassionate Justice Fund. She is an assistant clinical professor at McMaster University and an affiliate scientist at KITE-UHN Toronto Rehabilitation Institute.
Presenters:
Colleen MacPhee, Rudy Rivera, Jacqueline Matthews and Autumn Legue | Rideauwood Addiction and Family Services             
Description:
This Ottawa pilot is an innovative and creative community response to offer interventions through the justice system – offering support to individuals whose charge is related to substance use problems at earlier stages.  Completion of the program resulting in charges being withdrawn, stayed or non-custodial sentence (averting jail time).
Bio:
Colleen MacPhee, RN MHA is the Director of Mental Health and Addiction at Rideauwood Addiction and Family Services.  Colleen has worked in many roles in mental health and addiction and is a current Board member of the Canadian Association of Drug Treatment Court Professionals.
Rudy Rivera, has a MSW with a diverse work background. Rudy has been a Case Manager in Drug Treatment Court in Ottawa through Rideauwood Addiction and Family Services for over 12 years.