OSOT Advocacy Meetings

OSOT’s Advocacy Agenda is overseen by the Board of Directors and more specifically by the Strategic Advocacy Committee. OSOT staff, board directors, OSOT Team members and Representatives participate in advocacy meetings ensuring that informed occupational therapists are educating and promoting OT to key stakeholders, policy makers and decision-makers. Additionally, OSOT works closely with a government relations consultant.

The Society is actively working to keep policy makers apprised of issues concerning occupational therapists and opportunities where OTs can contribute meaningfully to meeting the health care needs of Ontarians and the goals and visions of the health care system.

OSOT's Advocacy Meetings 2019

 

APRIL 2019

April 24, 2019
Lou Reidel, Chief System Planning and Performance Officer and Enza  Ferro, Senior Advisor, Health System Planning and Performance, Ontario Hospital Association
Purpose:  To discuss opportunities for collaboration and information sharing relating to health system restructuring, bundled care models and emerging Ontario Health Teams
OSOT Reps:  Christie Brenchley, Executive Director, Ron Gersh, CCS Group

April 8, 2019
Shirley Kendrick, ADM, Student Support & Fieldwork Service Division, Min. of Education, Claudine Munroe, Director Special Education, MOE
Purpose:  To discuss directions for School-based Rehabilitation Services, to identify issues of Ontario OTs and advocate for tiered models of service delivery
OSOT Reps:  Debra Kennedy, Chair OSOT School-Based OT Team, Christie Brenchley, Executive Director, Ron Gersh, CCS Group

April 3, 2019 
Tim Porter, Chief of Staff, Minister’s Office, MCCSS, Susan Truppe, Director of Policy and Legislative Affairs, Minister’s Office, MCCSS
Purpose:  To advance our advocacy for funding of OT services for children with autism….however OAP enhancements including funding of OT were announced that morning.  Sought direction on transition steps from here.
OSOT Reps:  Debra Kennedy, OSOT Rep to OAP, Christie  Brenchley, Executive Director

MARCH 2019

March 19, 2019
Allison Costello, Director Policy & Innovation, MOHLTC and Jackie Houston, Manager Program, MOHLTC
Purpose:  To discuss proposed health system transformation – Ontario Health, Ontario Health Teams and integrated funding models
OSOT Reps:  Christie Brenchley, Executive Director, Ron Gersh, CCS Group

March 7, 2019
Eva Roszuk, Director Assistive Devices Program, Joan Stevens, Program Manager ADP, Ian Lowe, Senior Program Coordinator, ADP
Purpose:  To share challenges of OT authorizers working in the Mobility Program and to share solutions and seek insights re future directions of the program
OSOT Reps: Marlene Adams, Chair, OSOT Seating & Mobility Team, Christie Brenchley, Executive Director, Ron Gersh, CCS Group

FEBRUARY 2019

February 1, 2019
Jeff Preston, President Canadian Assistive Devices Association
Purpose:  At CADA's request to discuss mutual issues of concern relating to the Assistive Devices Program and opportunities for joint advocacy
OSOT Reps:  Deborah Cox, OSOT Seating & Mobility Team, Christie  Brenchley, Executive Director

JANUARY 2019

January 23, 2019 Kate Mulligan, Director Social Prescription Pilots, Alliance for Healthy Communities of Ontario Purpose:  To discuss the rollout and evaluation plan for the 11 Social Prescribing pilots in Ontario and to promote linkages with occupational therapy and roles that OTs could play in relation to social programs
OSOT Reps:  Maria Borczyk, Co-Chair OSOT Primary Health Care Team, Christie  Brenchley, Executive Director

January 22, 2019 
Jennifer Morris, ADM, Ministry of Children, Community & Social Services, Sarah Hardy, Director, Ontario Autism Program
Purpose:  To identify issues and concerns realting ot the current status of the Ontario Autism Program and access to OT services and to secure an update on MCCSS plans for ongoing review/development of the Program
OSOT Reps:  Debra Kenedy, Chair OSOT School-Based OT Team, Christie  Brenchley, Executive Director, Ron Gersh, CCS Group

January 9, 2019 
Brian Pollard, ADM, Long-Term Care Homes, MOHLTC
Purpose:  To advance OSOT’s positions re access to OT in LTCHs and to explore priorities and plans relating to Government’s commitment to build new LTC beds
OSOT Reps:  Joanne Kular, Chair OSOT LTCH Team, Christie  Brenchley, Executive Director, Ron Gersh, CCS Group

OSOT's Advocacy Meetings 2018

DECEMBER 2018

December 11, 2018  Tim Hadwen, ADM, Community, Mental Health and Addictions and French Language Services
Purpose:  To identify OSOT interests as a stakeholder in the province’s commitment to address Mental Health initiatives as a priority and to underline the value OTs bring to the mental health system
OSOT Reps: Anna Yarmon, Co-Chair OSOT Adult Mental Health Team, Christie Brenchley, Executive Director, Ron Gersh, CCS Group

December 7, 2018
Jennifer Urosevic, Executive Director, Vision Loss Rehabilitation Ontario, CNIB
Purpose:  Vision Loss Rehabiliation has expressed interest in linking with OSOT re vision loss rehab strategy, their evolving role in Ontario and potentials to engage OTs in vision loss rehab
OSOT Reps: Julia Foster, OSOT Rep to Eye Council of Ontario, Vision Loss Rehab Working Group, Christie Brenchley, Executive Director

NOVEMBER, 2018

November 30, 2018
Laurell Brazill, Senior Policy Advisor Minister of Health
Purpose:  To position OSOT as a stakeholder in the Long-term Care Homes system and to explore the government’s election platform commitments relating to increase LTCH beds and advocate for attention to human resource diversification in LTCHs
OSOT Reps:  Joanne Kular, Chair OSOT LTCH Team, Christie  Brenchley, Executive Director, Ron Gersh, CCS Group

November 26, 2018 
Kailey Vokes, Senior Policy Advisor Minister of Finance
Purpose -  to introduce OSOT as a stakeholder in the Auto Insurance Sector and, noting that the Government’s Economic Statement identifies interest in reviewing auto insurance rates (equity) and system modernization, to gain insight into government priorities and plans for the system
OSOT Reps:  Karen Rucas, Chair OSOT Auto Insurance Sector Team, Christie Brenchley, Executive Director, Ron Gersh, CCS Group

SEPTEMBER 2018

September 28, 2018
Darryl Sturtevant, Assistant Deputy Minister, Ministry of Children, Community & Social Services, Stacey Weber, Director Early Childhood Development Branch, MCCSS, Carly Cheung, MCCSS
Purpose:  To assert OSOT support for advancing the directions of the Special Needs Strategy and to ascertain current projected directions
OSOT Reps:  Debra Kennedy, Stephanie Ellis, OSOT School-based Team, Christie Brenchley, Executive Director, Ron Gersh, CCS Group

September 5, 2018
Tim Porter, Chief of Staff, Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services
Purpose:  To profile occupational therapy services in relation to the former Special Needs Strategy and to assess the new government’s direction for children’s rehabilitation services
OSOT Reps:   Debra Kennedy, Sandra Sahagian, Stephanie, Ellis, OSOT School-based OT Team, Christie Brenchley, Executive Director, Ron Gersh, CCS Group

 
APRIL 2018

April 20, 2018
Nancy Lytle, ADM, Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, Long-Term Care Homes
Purpose: To position occupational therapy services as vital to the LTCHs environment.
OSOT Reps: Christie Brenchley, Executive Director, Ron Gersh, CCS Group

MARCH 2018

March 26, 2018
Caroline Gosse, Vice President of Integrated Care, St Joseph’s Health System President, St. Joseph’s Home Care
Purpose: To discuss bundled care models and the experience of St. Joseph’s Hamilton in engaging this funding model. To discuss implications for OT and how best to position OT within these models which are rolling out for hip and knee replacements.
OSOT Reps: Christie Brenchley, Executive Director, Ron Gersh, CCS Group

March 13, 2018
Monica Bretzlaff, Manager, Behavioural Supports Ontario Provincial Coordinating Office, Katelynn Viau, Project Coordinator, BSO Provincial Coordinating  Office
Purpose:
 To discuss updates in BSO initiatives including new directives for interprofessional teams in LTC Homes and to promote OT as an important resource to BSO teams both in homes and in the community.
OSOT Reps: Christie Brenchley, Executive Director, Ron Gersh, CCS Group

March 6, 2018
Charissa Levy, Executive Director, Rehab Care Alliance
Purpose: To discuss and provide input into RCA’s 2018/19 foci and to explore their interest in promoting rehab services in primary care.
OSOT Reps: Christie Brenchley, Executive Director

March 5, 2018
Monica Bretzlaff, Manager, Behavioural Supports Ontario Provincial Coordinating Office, Katelynn Viau, Project Coordinator, BSO Provincial Coordinating  Office
Purpose:
 To discuss updates in BSO initiatives including new directives for interprofessional teams in LTC Homes and to promote OT as an important resource to BSO teams both in homes and in the community.
OSOT Reps: Joanne Kular, Chair OSOT LTC Homes Team, Christie Brenchley, Executive Director, Ron Gersh, CCS Group

FEBRUARY 2018

February 27, 2018
Brian Pollard, ADM Ministry of Health & Long-Term Care responsible for LTC
Purpose: To follow up on past discussions re utilization of occupational therapists in LTC Homes particularly as this relates to management of responsive behaviours and falls prevention.
OSOT Reps: Christie Brenchley, Executive Director, Ron Gersh, CCS Group

February 14, 2018
Chantal Gagnon, Project Coordinator, Driver Medical Review Project Modernization, Ministry of Transportation
Purpose:
 To provide insights from an OT perspective of experience with the medical review reporting program and processes to inform development and modernization of the program and its administration.
OSOT Reps: Nelle Marie Hyde, St. Elizabeth Healthcare

JANUARY 2018

January 30, 2018
Melissa Farrell, ADM, MOHLTC, Health System Quality & Funding Division, Stephanie Soo, Team Lead, Program Development Unit, Fredrika Scarth, Director HQO Liaison and Program Development Branch, MOHLTC
Purpose:  To promote occupational therapy perspectives and roles/contributions to support new funding models such as bundled care, access to specialists, structured psychotherapy.
OSOT Reps: Christie Brenchley, Executive Director, Ron Gersh, CCS Group

January 18, 2018
Katie Heelis, Senior Policy Advisor, Minister’s Office, MOHLTC  
Purpose:  To establish relationship, gather information regarding the MOH’s plan for implementation of the announced funded structured psychotherapy and to promote occupational therapists as mental health professionals ideally suited to provide structured psychotherapy. 
OSOT Reps: Christie Brenchley, Executive Director, Ron Gersh, CCS Group.

January 18, 2018
Association of Ontario Health Centres, Association of Family Health Teams of Ontario, Nurse Practitioners Association of Ontario
Purpose: Met with interprofessional association partners of professions in Band 8 of compensation grid in primary care to link with AOHC, AFHTO and NPAO to explore potentials for joint advocacy for fairer compensation in primary care.
OSOT Reps: Maria Borzcyk, Co-Chair OSOT Primary Health Care Team, Christie Brenchley, Executive Director

January 12, 2018
Jenna Hay, Senior Policy Advisor, Responsible for Auto Insurance, Ministry of Finance
Purpose: To discuss the Ministry of Finance’s agenda for policy reform relating to auto insurance and to present OSOT’s recommendations relating to independent assessments, management of minor to moderate injuries and roles that occupational therapists play in supporting rehabilitation of MVA victims.
OSOT Reps: Karen Rucas, Chair OSOT Auto Insurance Sector Team, Christie Brenchley, Executive Director, Ron Gersh, CCS Group

OSOT’s Advocacy Meetings 2017

NOVEMBER 2017

November 20, 2017
Joan Stevens, Program Manager, ADP, Ian Lowe, Senior Program Coordinator, ADP
Purpose: To engage collaborative discussions relating to addressing issues affecting the delivery of seating and mobility assessment services resulting in applications to the ADP for funding.
OSOT Reps: Marlene Adams, Chair OSOT Seating & Mobility Team, Brenlee Mogul-Rotman, Deborah Cox, Seating & Mobility Team Members, Christie Brenchley, Executive Director

November 30, 2017
Tim Hadwen, ADM MOHLTC, Amy Olmstead, Director Implementation Branch, Phil Graham, Director Primary Care Branch, Jessica Riehm, Senior Policy Advisor, Strategic Policy Unit.
Purpose: To further build relationship and to promote and discuss contributions of occupational therapists to expanding home and community care and primary care systems.
OSOT Reps:  Christie Brenchley, Executive Director, Ron  Gersh, CCS Group

November 14, 2017
Ian Chesny, Senior Policy Advisor, Minister's Office, Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care
Purpose: 
Promotion of contribution occupational therapists can make to Ontario's new Seniors Action Plan: Aging with Confidence
OSOT Reps: Christie Brenchley, Executive Director, Ron Gersh, CCS Group


SEPTEMBER 2017

September 14, 2017 Stephanie Aguilar,  Project Analyst, Paul Brown, Director, Licensing Services Branch, Frank Alulio, Manager, Licensing Services Branch, Ministry of Transportation
Purpose:  Ministry consultation with OSOT regarding Medical Review Process Modernization.  OSOT advocating the role of occupational therapists in the medical review process and adding experienced insights to modernization process.
OSOT Reps:  Nelle Marie Hyde, Brenda Vrkljan, Wendy Nieuland, Ruheena Sangrar, Christie Brenchley, Executive Director


AUGUST 2017

August 3, 2017
Brian Pollard, Assistant Deputy Minister, Long-Term Care Homes Division, MOHLTC
Purpose: To follow-up on discussions relating to the engagement of occupational therapists in long-term care home to address issues of dementia and responsive behaviours.  To discuss OT contributions to falls prevention in LTC Homes.
OSOT Reps: Joanne Kular, Chair, OSOT LTC Homes Team, Christie Brenchley, Executive Director, Ron Gersh, CCS Group

August 4, 2017
Ian Chesney, Senior Policy Advisor, Office of Minister of Health and Long-term Care
Purpose:   To seek clarification about the status of the controlled act of psychotherapy and the Ministry’s plans regarding proclamation of the act, urging passage and identifying the unsatisfactory situation of OTs not being able to call themselves pscyhotherapists because they are not registrants of College of Registered Psychotherapists.
OSOT Reps:  Christie Brenchley, Executive Director, Ron Gersh, CCS Group

JUNE 2017

June 16, 2017
Michael Roffey, Superintendent Community Paramedicine, Toronto Paramedic Service
Purpose:  To explore opportunities for partnership of OTs and community paramedics to address at risk community dwelling seniors.  To share information about OT to EMS.
OSOT Reps:  Christie Brenchley, Executive Director, Ron Gersh, CCS Group

MAY 2017

May 17, 2017
Members of the Provincial Parliament and staffers
Purpose:  OSOT hosted MPP Luncheon to build relationship and promote OSOT positions relating to OT as leaders in seniors care and contributions to seniors needs and the health system’s challenges related to seniors health and well-being.
OSOT Reps:  Beth Linkewich, Lesya Dyk, Laura Hayos, Donna Dennis, Lynn Stewart, Anna Yarmon, Karen Rucas, Julia Foster, Catherine Donnelly

APRIL 2017

April 21, 2017
Amy Olmstead, Director Home and Community Care Branch, MOHLTC  and  Debra Bell, Manager Community Care, MOHLTC
Purpose:  To discuss progress on transformation in the home and community care system and to advocate OSOT’s positions regarding needs for more restorative foci in home and community care and the many ways in which OTs can contribute to health system and patient goals.
OSOT Reps:  Barbara Cawley, OSOT’s Seniors Advisory Group, Christie Brenchley, Executive Director,  Ron Gersh, CCS Group

April 7, 2017
Toronto Transit Commission
Purpose:  To participate in a consultation on implementation components of the TTC’s 10 year strategic plan for Wheeltrans.
OSOT Reps:  Lynne Kozina

April 6, 2017
Michael Robertson, Director of Capacity Planning & Priorities Branch, MOHLTC and Adam Morrison, Manager, Partnership and Consultation Unit, MOHLTC
Purpose:  To discuss the emerging provincial Dementia Strategy and to position occupational therapy as a key player in both long-term care homes, home and community care and primary care.
OSOT Reps:  Sylvia Davidson, OSOT Board Director, Christie Brenchley, Executive Director, Ron Gersh, CCS  Group

MARCH 2017

March 31, 2017
Ontario Provincial Autism Program Advisory Committee
Purpose:  To present OSOT and OT perspectives on the developing Ontario Autism Program to the Provincial Advisory Committee.
OSOT Reps:  Debra Kennedy, OSOT Rep to OAP Advisory Committee, Christie Brenchley, Executive Director

March 28, 2017
Jennifer Shiller, Senior Policy Advisory, Office of Minister of Health
Purpose:  To introduce OSOT and OT to this new policy advisor with responsibility for mental health. To discuss MOH priorities for mental health issues and to advance OSOT’s positions for OT in mental health.
OSOT Reps:  Anna Yarmon, Co-chair OSOT Mental Health Sector Team, Christie Brenchley, Executive Director, Ron Gersh, CCS Group

March 28, 2017
Amy Olmstead, Director Home and Community Care Branch, MOHLTC  and  Debra Bell, Manager Community Care, MOHLTC
Purpose:  To discuss timelines and proposed transition of CCAC services to the Local Health Integration Networks, to advocate OSOT’s positions related to the developing Levels of Care Framework for home and community care.
OSOT Reps:  Christie Brenchley, Executive Director, Ron Gersh, CCS Group

FEBRUARY 2017

February 28, 2017
Brian Pollard, Acting ADM MOHLTC – Long-term Care, Michelle Hylton, Director Licensing & Policy Branch, Tom Granofsky, EA ADM, Policy and Transformation, Bryan Sales, Senior Program Consultant, Licensing & LTC Programs, Margaret Allore, Manager Licencing and LTC Programs, Theresa Nowak, Financial Policies & Procedures
Purpose:  At invitation of ADM, to present OSOT recommendations for models to support re-introduction of OT in LTC Homes with a focus on cognitive function & responsive behaviours.
OSOT Reps:  Joanne Kular, Chair OSOT LTC Homes Team, Sylvia Davidson, OSOT Board & LTCH Team, Christie Brenchley, Executive Director, Ron Gersh, CCS Group

OSOT’s Advocacy Meetings 2016

DECEMBER 2016

December 20, 2016
Sharon Lee Smith, Assistant Deputy Minister responsible for transformation, MOHLTC and Brian Pollard, Acting Assistant Deputy Minister MOHLTC – Long-term Care.
Purpose:    To position OTs as solutions to dementia care and responsive behavior issues in Ontario’s LTC Homes.
OSOT Reps:  Joanne Kular, Chair OSOT LTC Homes Team, Christie Brenchley, Executive Director, Ron Gersh, CCS Group

OCTOBER 2016

October 14, 2016
Teri Irwin,  Director Quality Standards, Health Quality Ontario
Purpose:  To introduce OSOT to HQO and to learn/discuss HQO’s activities related to Quality Standards
OSOT Reps:   Ron Gersh, CCS Group 

October 13, 2016
Nancy Naylor, Associate Deputy Minister, Delivery and Implementation, MOHLTC,  Amy Olmstead, Director Home and Community Care, MOHLTC, Tim Hadwen, Assistant Deputy Minister,  Health System Accountability and Performance, MOHLTC
Purpose:   To discuss OSOT response to the proposed Levels of Care Framework for Home and Community Care and to position OT within home and community care models of service delivery
OSOT Rep:  Christie Brenchley, Executive Director

October 7, 2016
Marg Connor, Executive Lead Mental Health & Addictions MOHLTC
Purpose:  To discuss Ontario’s mental health and addictions strategy priorities and dementia care
OSOT Reps:  Christie Brenchley, Executive Director, Ron Gersh, CCS Group

SEPTEMBER 2016

September 12, 2016
Ian Chesney, Policy Advisor, Office of the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care
Purpose:    
Ian has responsibility for the LTC Homes file.   We proposed an opportunity to pilot OT in LTC Homes as a component of enriched Behavioural Support Teams.
OSOT Reps:    Christie Brenchley, Executive Director, Ron Gersh, CCS Group

September 7, 2016
Vivienne Ng, Senior Policy Advisor, Office of the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care
Purpose:    
Vivienne is new to the position.  Opportunity to introduce, OSOT, OT and OSOT's key issues relating to LTC Homes, home and community care and to gain insight into the priority of the Minister's office - Patient's First legislation, physician fee agreement
OSOT Reps:  Christie Brenchley, Executive Director, Ron Gersh, CCS Group

JULY 2016

July 13, 2016
Debbie Humphries, Acting CEO, Kathryn Pilkington, Director of Professional Services & Health Policy, Ontario Association of Non-Profit Homes and Services for Seniors
Purpose:  
To promote awareness of OT services and supports for residents of LTC Homes, to discuss service delivery options for access to OT in LTC Homes and to forge partnerships in advocating for necessary services for residents of LTC Homes.
OSOT Reps:  Joanne Kular, Chair, OSOT Long-Term Care Homes Team, Christie Brenchley, Executive Director

July 12, 2016
Charissa Levy, ED Rehabilitative Care Alliance, Dorianne Sauve, CEO, Ontario Physiotherapy Association, Mary Cook, ED, Ontario Association of Speech Language Pathologists and Audiologists
Purpose:    
To discuss implications of proposed Patients First Act on rehabilitation services in Ontario and to promote a collaborative through which to advocate for attention to rehabilitation services and new models of rehab services delivery in the community sector of the future to increase availability and access of OT services to Ontarians across the province.
OSOT Rep:    Christie Brenchley, Executive Director

JUNE 2016

June 22, 2016
Don McKay, Director of Sales, Home Medical Equipment Inc.
Purpose:    
To discuss issues relating to service delivery models for OT in long-term care homes.  Proposal of pilot project to more effectively support access to necessary equipment of residents in LTC Homes.
OSOT Reps:  Joanne Kular, Chair OSOT LTC Homes Team, Christie Brenchley, Executive Director, Ron Gersh, CCS Group 

June 21, 2016
Rehabilitative Care Alliance
Purpose:     
RCA Annual Provincial Forum - provided updates on key Rehab Care Alliance activities, opportunities for interactions around key recommendations, next steps, etc.
OSOT Rep:  Christie Brenchley, Executive Director

June 8, 2016
Sophie Kiewala, MPP Kingston and the Islands
Purpose:    
At Ms. Kiewala's request in follow-up to OSOT's MPP Luncheon in October 2015, to discuss roles OTs play, in particular in relation to vulnerable populations, mental health services
OSOT Reps:    Christie Brenchley, Executive Director, Ron Gersh, CCS Group

June 7, 2016
Dean Milton, Assistant Manager, Wheeltrans, Toronto Transit Commission; Lito Romano, Community Liaison, Toronto Transit Commission
Purpose: 
At the TTC's request to discuss the 10 year Strategy for Wheeltrans and to discuss proposed new eligibility criteria and roles OTs might play in assessment of applicants for Wheeltrans.
OSOT Reps:    Lynne Kozina, Community OT, Christie Brenchley, Executive Director, Nisha Goel (Student OT)

June 1, 2016
Michael Robertson, Director Capacity Planning & Priorities Branch, MOHLTC & Gillian MacDonald, Manager Partnerships & Consultation Branch, MOHLTC
Purpose:    
To establish relationship with bureaucratic leads of the province's developing Dementia Strategy, to engage OSOT in the strategy development process & promote OT as a valued resource to people living with dementia and their caregivers.  To discuss evolving plans for investment in the province's Behavioural Supports Ontario program and how this might impact OT.
OSOT Reps:    Sylvia Davidson, OSOT Board Director, Christie Brenchley, Executive Director, Nisha Goel (Student OT),Ron Gersh, CCS Group

MAY 2016

May 24, 2016
Candace Chartier, CEO, Ontario Long-Term Care Association
Purpose:    
To discuss long range advocacy strategies of mutual interest to advance the long-term care sector & promote access to occupational therapy services
OSOT Reps:    Joanne Kular, Chair OSOT LTC Homes Team, Christie Brenchley, Executive Director, Ron Gersh, CCS Group

APRIL 2016

April 12, 2016
Louise Sirisko, Director Special Education Policyand Programs Branch, Ministry of Education
Purpose:    
To discuss OT solutions for the Speical Needs Strategy (MoE is one of 4 Ministries overseeing this reform agenda
OSOT Reps:   Debra Kennedy, Chair OSOT School Based OT Team, Christie Brenchley, Executive Director, Ron Gersh, The CCS Group

April 8, 2016
Miranda Ferrier, Executive Director, Ontario Personal Support Worker Association, Kathleen Scott, Vice President/Secretary, OPSWA
Purpose:
   To explore OSOT/OPSWA partnership opportunities to promote OT in the public and private community sector
OSOT Reps:  Christie Brenchley, Executive Director, Ron Gersh, The CCS Group

MARCH 2016

March 24, 2016
Michelle Collins, Senior Lead Health System Performance, Mississauga Halton LHIN
Purpose:    
To discuss MH LHIN programs and successes with assess and restore programs and to promote OT contributions to seniors health and aging at home goals
OSOT Reps:    Christie Brenchley, Executive Director, Ron Gersh, The CCS Group

March 15, 2016
Stacey Weber, Director Child & Youth Development, Ministry of Children & Youth Services, Kim McLean, Manager of Special Needs, Children & Youth Services
Purpose:    
To discuss developments in Ontario's emerging Special Needs Strategy and to promote OT solutions for children with special needs & the Special Needs Strategy
OSOT Reps:    Debra Kennedy, Chair OSOT School-based OT Team, Christie Brenchley, Executive Director, Ron Gersh, The CCS Group

March 15, 2016
Heather Driver, Director, Licensing Branch, Licensing & Market Conduct Division, Financial Services Commission of Ontario
Purpose:    
To present OSOT positions, concerns and recommendations regarding FSCO's plan to integrate the Assessment of Attendant Care, Form I into the HCAI electronic billing system
OSOT Reps:    Karen Rucas, OSOT Auto Insurance Sector Lead, Carol MacDonald, OSOT Auto Insurance Sector Team Chair, Christie Brenchley, Executive Director

March 11, 2016
Ian Chesny, Senior Policy Advisor, Associate Minister of Health and Long-Term Care
Purpose:    
To advocate OSOT's positions and proposals to restore access to reasonable levels of OT services in LTC Homes
OSOT Reps:   Christie Brenchley, Executive Director, Ron Gersh, CCS Group

FEBRUARY 2016

February 18, 2016
John Fraser, MPP Ottawa South, Parliamentary Assistant to Minister of Health and Long-Term Care
Purpose:    
To discuss the government's approach to the future of regulation of health professions in Ontario and Ontario OTs' interest in expanded scope of practice as John has special responsibility for this portfolio
OSOT Reps:    Christie Brenchley, Executive Director, Ron Gersh, CCS Group

February 10, 2016
Special Needs Strategy Provider Table - Darryl Sturtevant, Assistant Deputy Minister, Children & Youth Services, representatives from Ministry of Health & Long-Term Care, Education and Community & Social Services
Purpose:     
Update to stakeholders on progress of Special Needs Strategy
OSOT Reps:  Debra Kennedy, Chair OSOT School-Based OT Team, Christie Brenchley, Executive Director

February 16, 2016
Sue Vanderbent, CEO, HomeCare Ontario
Purpose:  
To explore issues of mutual interest in relation to advocacy for home and community care sector
OSOT Reps:  Christie Brenchley, Executive Director, Ron Gersh, The CCS Group

February 17, 2016
Roundtable on Patients First Discussion Paper, Nancy Naylor, Associate Deputy Minister, Health System Delivery & Implementation, Ministry of Health & Long-Term Care
Purpose:    
Stakeholder consultation on proposed health system restructuring
OSOT Reps:    Barbara Cawley, Co-Chair OSOT Seniors/Community TF, Christie Brenchley, Executive Director

JANUARY 2016

January 18, 2016
Ministry of Transportation, Elizabeth Weldon, Program Advisor, Medical Review Section
Purpose:    
To discuss the potential involvement of occupational therapists in the Medical Review process relating to driver safety and licenses that is possible further to the passage of Bill 31.
OSOT Reps:  Nelle Marie Hyde, Brenda Vrkljan, Ruheena Sangrar, Christie Brenchley, Executive Director

January 18, 2016
Financial Services Commission of Ontario - Heather Driver, Senior Manager, Margaret Orlander, Kim Abdool
Purpose:    
To discuss OSOT's submission in review of the proposed Common Traffic Impairment Guideline
OSOT Reps:  Carol MacDonald, Chair OSOT Auto Sector Team, Karen Rucas, OSOT Auto Sector Lead, Christie Brenchley, Executive Director


OSOT’s Advocacy Meetings 2015
DECEMBER 2015

December 15, 2015
Ontario Health Regulatory Colleges - Health Clinic Regulation Forum
Purpose:
    To participate in discussions about proposed model for clinic regulation of Ontario Health Regulatory Colleges (including COTO)
OSOT Rep:  Christie Brenchley, Executive Director

NOVEMBER 2015

November 18, 2015
Laurie Johnston, CEO, Ontario Retirement Communities Association
Purpose:    
To establish relationship with a significant stakeholder in the community sector and to discuss OSOT's submission to the Seniors Secretariat's consultation on the Ontario Retirement Homes Act, 2010, promoting access to OT services for residents of Ontario retirement homes.
OSOT Reps:  Christie Brenchley, Executive Director and Ron Gersh, CCS Group

OCTOBER 2015

October 2, 2015
Deborah Simon, Executive Director, Ontario Community Support Association
Purpose:    
To further discussions around positioning of "restorative" messaging to Home and Community Care Transformation tables
OSOT Rep:    Christie Brenchley, Executive Director, Ron Gersh, CCS  Group

SEPTEMBER 2015

September 30, 2015
Levels of Care Workshop, MOHLTC Implementation Branch
Purpose:
    To provide an OT perspective to consultative discussions regarding the development of levels of care for the home and community care transformation agenda
OSOT Rep:    Christie Brenchley, Executive Director

AUGUST 2015

August 20, 2015
Miranda Ferrier, Executive Director, Ontario Personal Support Worker Association
Purpose:  To establish relationship and to explore opportunities for collaboration in positioning restorative approaches in the community sector, specifically programs such as the Home Independence Program
OSOT Reps:  Christie Brenchley, Executive Director, Ron Gersh, CCS Group (GR Consultant)

August 19, 2015
Minister Mario Sergio, Minister Responsible for Seniors & Associate Minister of Health & Long-Term Care Dipika Damerla and their staff
Purpose: 
To present a proposal for funding of pilots/demonstration projects of interprofessional restorative therapy teams in long-term care homes.  Presented as part of a consortium of associations representing Dietetics, Kinesiology, Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy, and  Speech-Language Pathology
OSOT Reps:  Joanne Kular, OSOT LTC Homes Team Chair and Christie Brenchley, Executive Director

JULY 2015

July 17, 2015
Jane  Cleve, Director Specialized Services & Supports Branch, MCYS, Kim McLean, Manager Special Needs, MCYS, Stacey Weber, Manager Children & Youth Services, MCYS, Carly Heung, Senior Policy Analyst, MCYS, Lisa Lumley, Manager Strategic Planning Unit, Ministry of Education, Denise Bagheri, Senior Policy Advisor, Mental Health & Addiction Unit, MOHLTC, Jenny Cheng, Senior Policy Advisory, Mental Health &  Addictions Unit, MOHLTC
Purpose:    
Met to discuss Special Needs Strategy and to position OT services in the school system.  Presented Occupational  Therapy in the Ontario School System:  effective practices that fit with the Special Needs Strategy a resource promoting the most current evidence and promising practices in school-based OT.
OSOT Reps:  Debra Stewart, School-Based OT Team, Kim Woodland, School-Based OT Team, Christie Brenchley, Executive Director

July 14, 2015
Deborah Simon, Executive Director, Ontario Community Support Association
Purpose:
   Meet to discuss access to OT services in community & amongst OCSA members
OSOT Reps:    Barbara Cawley, OSOT Strategic Advocacy Committee, Christie Brenchley, Executive Director

JUNE 2015


Maria Cece, Manager Auto Insurance Policy, Ministry of Finance

Purpose:  To discuss proposed amendments to the SABS and implications of benefit reductions on individuals injured in MVAs…identifying OT perspectives and recommendations.
OSOT Reps:  Karen Rucas, OSOT Auto Insurance Sector Lead, Carol MacDonald, OSOT Auto Insurance Sector Team Chair, Ron Gersh, CCS Group, (GR Consultant)

MAY 2015

May 12, 2015
Collaborative Rehab Meeting with Dr. Peter Nord, Co-Chair Rehabilitative Care Alliance
Purpose:
  Update on Rehabilitative Care Alliance activities, assess/restore policy
OSOT Rep:    Christie Brenchley, Executive Director

May 6, 2015
Ministers Mario Sergio (Seniors) & Eric Hoskins (MOHLTC) Policy Staff
Purpose:    Interprofessional meeting to discuss access to OT & therapy services in Long-Term Care Homes
OSOT Reps:  Joanne  Kular,  Chair OSOT LTC Homes Team, Christie Brenchley, Executive Director

APRIL 2015

April 28, 2015
Minister Mario Sergio, Minister Responsible for Seniors,
Minister Deb Matthews, Treasury Board

Purpose:   Dinner event, opportunity for networking with key Ministers
OSOT Reps:    Christie Brenchley, Executive Director, Ron Gersh, GR Consultant, CCS Group

April 15, 2015
Anna Greenberg, Director, Community & Population Health Branch, Ministry of Health & Long-Term Care
Anne Bowlby, Manager, Mental Health & Addictions Unit, Ministry of Health & Long-Term Care

Purpose:  Discussion of occupational therapy contribution to Phase 2 of provincial Mental Health & Addictions Strategy
OSOT Reps:  Anna Yarmon, Co-Chair, OSOT Mental Health Team, Christie Brenchley, Executive Director

MARCH 2015

March 20, 2015
Rehabilitative Care Alliance, Out-patient/Ambulatory Advisory Group Meeting
Purpose:  Review/input to work of Task Group for out-patient and ambulatory rehabilitative services
OSOT Rep:  Christie Brenchley, Executive Director

March 13, 2015
Nancy Naylor, Assistant Deputy Minister of Health, HEALTH SYSTEM ACCOUNTABILITY AND PERFORMANCE DIVISION and Nancy  Lytle, Director X-RAY SAFETY AND LONG-TERM CARE HOMES BRANCH
Purpose: presenting OSOT’s document on OT in LTC Homes and further advocacy for attention to restoration of OT service.
OSOT Rep: Christie Brenchley, Executive Director, Joanne Kular, Chair OSOT LTC Homes Team

March 12, 2015
Rehabilitative Care Alliance, Frail Senior/Medically Complex Task and Advisory Group Meeting
Purpose:    Update to Advisory Group on work of task force and introduction of Draft Final Report of the Rehabilitative Care Alliance
OSOT Rep:  Christie Brenchley, Executive Director

March 11, 2015
Alyson Rowe, Senior Policy Advisor, Minister of Health & Long Term Care’s Office
Purpose: introduction of OT as a stakeholder in mental health and addictions strategy
OSOT Rep: Christie Brenchley, Executive Director , Anna Yarmon, Chair OSOT Mental Health Sector Team.

JANUARY 2015

January 14, 2015 
Rehabilitative Care Alliance Frail Senior/Medically Complex Advisory Group Meeting
Purpose
:        ongoing advisory role to RCA, bringing an OT perspective to work of RCA
OSOT Rep:     Christie Brenchley, Executive Director

January 7, 2015 
Rehabilitative Care Alliance Out-Patient/Ambulatory Advisory Group Meeting
Purpose
:        ongoing advisory role to RCA, bringing an OT perspective to work of RCA
OSOT Rep:     Christie Brenchley, Executive Director

January 6, 2015 
Rehabilitative Care Alliance Capacity Planning/System Evaluation Advisory Group Meeting
Purpose:        ongoing advisory role to RCA, bringing an OT perspective to work of RCA
OSOT Rep:     Christie Brenchley, Executive Director