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Bridging the Gap Forum (May 29 2013) takes a closer look at brain injury, homelessness, addictions, mental health and the justice system

Recognizing that service providers work with clients who frequently have multiple and complex needs, the Toronto ABI Network and the Toronto Human Services and Justice Coordinating Committee, sponsored an all day educational forum on May 29, 2013 at the University Centre of Toronto Rehab/UHN.  The day brought together over 80 service providers from shelters, hospitals, inner city health teams, mental health teams, and a variety of other community service agencies to learn about brain injury, homelessness, substance abuse, and mental health court support programs.  The presentations focused on research findings, clinical issues, resources and strategies that service providers can use to support their clients.

We wish to thank the following speakers who shared their insights, research and clinical expertise and who helped make the day a great success.  Electronic copies of each
presentation as well as additional resources can be downloaded from the links below.

Presenters, Presentations & Resources
Dr. Stephen Hwang, MD

Research Scientist at the Centre for Research on Inner City Health, Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, St. Michael’s Hospital, and the Chair in Homelessness, Housing, and Health at St. Michael’s Hospital and the University of Toronto

Dr.  Jane Topolovec-Vranic, PhD

Clinical Researcher, Trauma and Neurosurgery Program, Scientist, Keenan Research Center of the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, St. Michael’s Hospital

Mary Jane Ellis, Court Worker

Mental Health Court Support – West Canadian Mental Health Association – Toronto Branch

Paula Almeida

Mental Health and Justice Crisis Prevention Program, Canadian Mental Health Association – Toronto Branch


Dr. Sylvain Roy, PhD, CPsych

Neuropsychologist, Inner City Family Health Team

Dr. Carolyn Lemsky, PhD, CPsych

Neuropsychologist, Clinical Director, Community Head Injury Resource Services (CHIRS)


Charissa Levy

Executive Director, Toronto ABI Network