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Office Delivery: local CYMH resources for physicians H ow can you best help a youth who comes to your office with mental health concerns? This summer, a folder of physician resources for Child and Youth Mental Health and Substance Use is being hand delivered to physician offices in Okanagan Falls, Oliver, Osoyoos, Keremeos, Princeton, Penticton and Summerland. These resources, newly developed by CYMHSU Local Action Teams, will help physicians find appropriate local care and resources for their patients. In the folder, physicians will find: sAn interactive checklist for guiding a conversation with a youth, which also acts as a take home action plan

Rylee McKinlay (left), a well-known Child and Youth Mental Health advocate, shows Dr.

Kyle Stevens the locally developed CYMHSU resources specifically designed for physicians in the South Okanagan Similkameen.

information and ​connect patients with the right community resources." Rylee McKinlay, a local child and youth mental health advocate will be delivering the folders, and discussing sDesktop and exam room posters how to best use the resource package. which outline how and when to access local mental health resources "I'm excited to be providing GPs in our area with these resources," says and organizations McKinlay. "The information in these sTake home resource brochure, and folders can help prevent patients from wallet cards falling through the cracks." "I think it's great to have all these McKinlay, who has lived experience resources compiled for physicians with an eating disorder, is a wellin an easily accessible format​," says known and respected advocate, Dr. Kyle Stevens, who assisted in the who speaks locally and provincially creation of the materials. "It will help​ to decrease the stigma around provide patients with appropriate mental health.

In grade 12, McKinlay had the courage to organize a Mental Health Awareness Week event at her school, and shared her experience with anorexia with her classmates. Since then, McKinlay has spoken at various events including the CYMHSU Collaborative, the CYMHSU Congress, the Summer Institute, and the Kootenay/Interior Eating Disorder Conference. Upon request, electronic copies of these resources will be emailed to physician offices: (info@sosdivision. ca). They will also be available on the SOS Division website (www. divisionsbc.ca/sos).


SOS Division Staff: retirements and welcomes

SOS Rural Physicians lunch and family social

The Division of Family Practice is pleased to welcome Lisa Needoba back to the Division office after a personal leave. She will be replacing Arlene Herman as Project Lead for the Residential Care Initiative. We would like to thank Arlene for her tremendous work on this initiative, and wish her a very happy retirement.

Watermark Beach Resort, Osoyoos

June 24th

10:30am -3pm Contact: renate.hayden@sosdivision.ca to RSVP or for more information

South Okanagan Similkameen

We would also like to welcome Suzanne Moccia to the office, who will be the Project Lead for Patient Medical Home and Primary Care Network, and Vulnerable Frail Elderly Discharge from Emergency. Suzanne comes to Division with management experience with the Federation of Canadian Municipalities.


SOS Division in our Community DIVISION MEMBER SERVICES Inpatient Care Program Coordinating physician care for all patients in the South Okanagan Similkameen

Recruitment and Retention

Helping attact and retain physicians in the South Okanagan Similkameen

Martin Street Outreach Centre

Impact funding to support a MHSU stabilization clinic in Penticton

...AND WHO IS INVOLVED Drs. Ron Gans, Ella Monro, Jan Venter Division project contact: Julie Young member.services@sosdivision.ca tel: 778 476 5696

Division project contact: aarin.frigon@sosdivision.ca tel: 778 476 1878

Drs. Lisa Friesen, Leslie Lappalainen, Kyle Stevens, David Stoll; (IH) Kevin Fraser, John Yarschenko, (MOA) Kelly Hawes Division project contact: aarin.frigon@sosdivision.ca, tel: 778 476 1878


DIVISION PROJECTS Residential Care Providing proactive care, polypharmacy risk reduction, reducing barriers and decreasing avoidable visits to the ER

Patient Medical Home and Primary Care Network

Optimizing team-based care at the family physician office and in the community

Developing Sustainable Rural Practice Communities (JSC) Working to resolve issues of recruitment, retention, and/or service delivery in Oliver/ Osoyoos, Keremeos and Princeton

Drs. Colleen Black, Robert Calder, Mark Lawrie, Marina Louw, Bob Mack, Margaret Myslek, Peter Bennett, Richard Tatham, Elizabeth Watters; (IH) Cindy Regier Division project contact: lisa.needoba@sosdivision.ca, tel: 778 476 5896

Drs. Tim Phillips, Murali Venkataraman Division project contact: suzanne.moccia@sosdivision.ca, 778 476 5896

Drs. Peter Entwistle, Marina Louw, Tim Van Der Heide; Interior Health, BC Ambulance, Osoyoos Indian Band, Lower Similkameen Indian Band, Okanagan Nation Alliance, RDOS, PDCRS, Princeton Family Services, Support our Health Care, Village of Keremeos, Towns of Oliver, Osoyoos, and Princeton; Division project contact: aarin.frigon@sosdivision.ca, tel: 778 476 1878

SHARED CARE PROJECTS Primary Maternity Care Bringing together primary maternity care providers to co-design a sustainable model of maternity care


Using technology to connect rural patients to Penticton specialists

Vulnerable Frail Elderly Discharge from Emergency Optimizing a care pathway for vulnerable frail elderly from the ED back to the community

Acute Polypharmacy Polypharmacy risk reduction in an acute care setting Executive Director Tracy St. Claire 778 476 5696 tracy.stclaire@sosdivision.ca Operations Coordinator Julie Young 778 476 5696 member.services@sosdivision.ca

...AND WHO IS INVOLVED Drs. Catherine Botting, Armelie dela Cruz, Steve Evans, Lisa Friesen, Jose Goncalves, Sheena Manning, Manoj Parameshwar, Kevin Renaud, Greg Selinger, Sue Severide, Marius Snyman, Murali Venkataraman; (midwives) Tiffany Holdworth-Taylor, Alyson Jones, Suzanne Lobb, Christy Raynolds, (IH) Ruth Johnson, Carl Meadows, Patricia Park, Maureen Spinks, Kerry Rollison, Shannon Taylor; (RN) Joline McNolty; Sally Bouchard; Shared Care project contact: kathleen.jagger@sosdivision.ca, 778 476 5896 Drs. Jose Goncalves, Ella Monro, Robert Swan, Michelle Teo, Shannon Walker; (IH) Susan Brown, Chris Danby, Scott Frymire, Mark Mogan, Deborah Runge, Cherie Whittaker; Shared Care project contact: kathleen.jagger@sosdivision.ca, 778 476 5896

Drs. Zoe Ayling, Brent Harrold, Heidi Ingram, Shannon Walker, Elizabeth Watters; (IH) Susan Brown, Lisa Danby, Karen Leach-McLeod, Carl Meadows, Anne Morgenstern, Deborah Runge, Darlene Russell; Shared Care project contact: suzanne.moccia@sosdivision.ca, 778 476 5896

Drs. Chad Dyck, Mark Lawrie, David Paisley, Marius Snyman, Shannon Walker; (Pharmacists) Christine Rutherford, Karen Lapointe, Patrick Edwards; (IH) Candis Davis, Sharon Fekete, Jessica Nattress, Lois Neufeld; Shared Care project contact: kathleen.jagger@sosdivision.ca, 778 476 5896

Board of Directors Dr. Tim Phillips (Physician Lead); Drs. Colleen Black, Ron Gans, Brent Harrold, Margie Krabbe, Cathy Rooke, Greg Selinger, Murali Venkataraman

Shared Care Steering Committee:

Drs. Glen Burgoyne, Marius Snyman, Michelle Teo, Rob Swan, Shannon Walker; Susan Brown, Karen Leach-MacLeod, Carl Meadows, Deb Runge; Tracy St. Claire, Kathleen Jagger, Ida Keller, Robin Watt

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