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HCARRD November 2023

Vignette Series-Practice Guidance for ALC Patients

Explore a collection of stories featuring individuals with dual diagnoses who have successfully transitioned to communities across Ontario after experiencing ALC hospitalization. 

Adults with developmental disabilities who also have a psychiatric condition, often referred to as a dual diagnosis, face a higher risk of becoming Alternate Level of Care (ALC) patients; that is, they no longer require hospital-level care but remain hospitalized due to a lack of suitable community settings. 

This Vignette Series explores the elements that played a pivotal role in facilitating their transition from the hospital to the community and how they align with the core components outlined in our report, Supporting alternate level of care (ALC) patients with a dual diagnosis to transition from hospital to home: Practice guidance.


Click here to explore


ECHO Ontario Adult Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Pop-Up
Dementia & Intellectual Disability

Friday, December 8, 2023, from 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM EST

Click here to register


January 2024 Mindfulness Programs

Mindfulness for Family Caregivers of people with disabilities, those who are aging, and those experiencing a challenging illness
Every Monday, January 15 to February 26, 2024, from 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Eastern (NOTE: No session Feb 19th). Click here to register


Virtual Peer Support for Newly Diagnosed Autistic Women
Researchers are evaluating the impact of participating in a virtual peer support program on the well-being of newly diagnosed autistic women. 
Who can participate? Adults 18 years or older who identify as a woman, have received a formal diagnosis of autism in the last 8 months, and live in Ontario.
Questions?  Contact Princess Owusu at AWPeerSupport@camh.ca 




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